Perikatan candidate: PAS losing deposit in Muar the last time not a measure of current chances

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

MUAR, Nov 6 — PAS' Muar candidate Abdullah Husin said today that just because the Islamist party lost its deposit when contesting the seat in 2018, does not mean that is how it would turn out again this year.

Speaking to reporters after his walkabout at the Parit Jawa night market here, the Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate said the country's political landscape has since changed and he said he may now appeal to voters here.

"Firstly, we have to see that in 2018, perhaps can be said to be a political tsunami and the decision in 2018 is not a true measure. This is because from 2018 to 2022, there have been many changes, so I admit there is a challenge because I am contesting against young candidates," he said, referring to incumbent Muda lawmaker Syed Saddiq Abd Rahman and Barisan Nasional's (BN) Mohd Helmy Abd Latif.

"We made a prediction, meaning the people can accept PAS and PN, and we will stress on integrity matters, transparency, stability — those are what we would be stressing on," he said, pointing to PAS's governance of Kelantan for many years as an example of the Islamist party's purported good governance.

In GE14, PAS' Abdul Aziz Talib lost his deposit after only garnering 4,354 votes, of the total 50,843 votes cast. Syed Saddiq won with 22,341 votes, while BN's Datuk Seri Razali Ibrahim received 15,388 votes.

Abdullah said none of the Kelantan state government excos from PAS has been charged in court with corruption or power abuse — but did not name anyone for comparison.

"That is a good record, which we have shown. Not even brought to court on such issues, so as for the record, the people can see our transparency, our integrity and we are corruption-free. So in Muar, we will stress on those matters," he added.

Syed Saddiq was recently told by the High Court to enter his defence over the four charges of criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of funds and money laundering.

Abdullah said that he would also be focusing on human development, moral and a sense of religiousness, regardless of any faith.

"It does not matter what religion. In Islam, we stress on character and others. At the same time, I am also used to mingling with youths," he said, adding that he had also joined sports and motorcycle riding events with youths.

Muar is set for a three-way battle between the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), Barisan Nasional (BN) and Perikatan Nasional (PN), of which PAS is an ally.

Muar's incumbent, Syed Saddiq, will contest against Abdullah, the former Puteri Wangsa state assemblyman from PAS, and Mohd Helmy from Umno.