Azmin: PAS can no longer see Umno’s faults

Azmin Ali urging Seri Setia voters to vote for Pakatan’s Halimey Abu Bakar in Saturday’s by-election.

PETALING JAYA: PAS can no longer see the faults of Umno as both are sharing the same bed, said PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.

The economic affairs minister said voters in Seri Seria here should reject those who “sleep” with others despite knowing they are involved in corrupt practices.

Yesterday, Umno and PAS had announced they were working together in the opposition against Pakatan Harapan.

Azmin also took a swipe at PAS’ appeal to voters using religion saying people should not talk about Islam as if it belonged to certain individuals.

“Paradise is not a ‘sdn bhd’. Islam does not belong to an individual. Islam is not just a name. It’s beautiful but interpreted wrongly when in power.

“When in power, they steal money, not RM1 or RM2 but millions.

“But Halimah does not see all this,” he said, referring to PAS candidate Dr Halimah Ali, during the last ceramah for the Seri Setia by-election, which will be held on Saturday.

Azmin said Halimah did not seem to care that public money could have been misused and this could have caused the country to go bankrupt.

PKR’s Halimey Abu Bakar is contesting against Halimah in the by-election. Halimah is a former two-term Selat Kelang assemblyman and a former Selangor state executive councillor.

The by-election is being held following the death of assemblyman Prof Shaharuddin Badaruddin on Aug 2 after a battle with cancer.

Halimey was widely tipped to contest the Seri Setia seat in GE14, but was dropped in favour of Shaharuddin.

Azmin urged the 50,000 voters in Seri Setia to come out to vote and not be overconfident that PH would win.

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad, who was present, said if the previous administration did not “steal” the rakyat’s money, the present government could increase the minimum wage, now set at RM1,050, to a much higher amount.

Pandan Indah assemblyman Izham Hashim took the stage to criticise Umno for drumming up racial issues, stating such tactics were unhealthy for the country.

“The prime minister, police chief, army chief and most ministers are Malays.

“What is the problem then? Everyone loves their own race but it should not be at the expense of hating other races.”

The ceramah was also attended by Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari, former Batu MP Tian Chua and Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar.

In GE14, Pakatan won a four-cornered fight with a 19,732-vote majority, against Barisan Nasional’s Yusoff HM Haniff (9,878 votes), PAS’ Mohd Ghazali Daud (4,563 votes) and independent candidate Dr S Vignes (217 votes).

There are 50,000 voters in Seri Setia state seat, with 51% women.