KEMAMAN: Fresh from its victory in the May 9 polls, Pakatan Harapan (PH) is confident it can capture Terengganu and Kelantan from PAS in the 15th general election (GE15).
PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said he believed PH had a great opportunity to take over Terengganu in the next election as the federal government was now led by the coalition.
He also asked his colleagues not to blame the voters but to accept that they felt closer to a party like PAS which had served them for a longer time.
“I have told my friends in PH that insha Allah (we can win the states).
“We have (now) won at the federal level. Before this, we had been campaigning from Perlis to Johor and I rarely came back here (to Terengganu)… I had said from before that we should leave Kelantan and Terengganu alone first, and next time we will have a bigger opportunity.
“That is why I promised the other leaders that I would help bolster PH’s chances of winning in Terengganu in the next election, and I will try my best,” he said in his speech at the PKR Air Putih state constituency Aidilfitri event here yesterday.
On PAS’ victory in Terengganu and Kelantan, Rafizi said PH leaders in Terengganu should strive to help the people regardless of which party they supported in the 14th general election.
He added that Umno’s defeat in Terengganu was due to people rejecting the leadership of former prime minister Najib Razak.
“We have to accept the fact that the people recently made the decision to reject Najib. It is clear that Malaysia has rejected (Najib)… It’s just that in Kelantan and Terengganu, PAS has been present and serving for much longer, and has a much stronger base compared to PH component parties.
“So we understand the feelings of the people, especially the voters on the fence, who felt if they voted for PH, it might have given Umno a chance to win – that’s why they voted PAS,” he said.