Umno support doesn’t mean we’re allies, says PAS’ Seri Setia candidate

PAS’ Seri Setia candidate Dr Halimah Ali.

PETALING JAYA: Despite today’s show of support from Umno leaders, PAS’ Seri Setia candidate Dr Halimah Ali says the parties are not necessarily working together.

“We want the opposition to be strong. That’s why we did not want to oppose Umno,” she said at the nomination centre at Dewan Sivik MBPJ in Petaling Jaya.

Halimah, who was at the nomination centre to submit her form earlier today, was accompanied by Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Wanita Umno leader Noraini Ahmad and Lokman Noor Adam, who was Barisan Nasional’s candidate in the recent Sungai Kandis by-election.

She said if PAS won the by-election, it would result in better checks on the Pakatan Harapan government at both the state and federal levels. She added that such checks were necessary no matter how efficient a government claimed to be.

Ismail said that the Seri Setia by-election will be the first tie-up between Umno and PAS, although there’s nothing official or in writing.

“This shows the cooperation and relationship between the two parties is getting better.

“If we are to compare this by-election with that in Sungai Kandis, this time our relationship has improved and we’re more committed to winning in Seri Setia,” he said.

PKR candidate Halimey Abu Bakar said he would do his best to retain the constituency in the by-election on Sept 8.

“One of the things I will pay attention to is the People’s Housing Project (PPR) issue, its infrastructure and facilities.

“There are many PPR and low-cost homes here,” he said, adding that he would also try to solve the issue of poverty in the area.

The Seri Setia by-election was brought about by the death of PKR assemblyman Shaharuddin Badaruddin from colon cancer on Aug 2.

It will see a straight fight between Halimah and Halimey.

Early voting will be on Sept 4, with the campaign period stretching for 21 days until 11.59pm on Sept 7.