Tuesday, June 7, 2016

PAS candidate: It’s a BN-PAS battle, for Amanah is no big deal

pilihanraya kini     1:00 PM    

It’s only been a day into campaigning but the PAS candidate for Kuala Kangsar, Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad, is confident that the battle for the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seat is one that is only between her party and the BN.

“For the people of Kuala Kangsar, it’s a choice between BN and PAS only. I don't think Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) poses a big challenge,” she said at a press conference held in Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar, today.

The competition, Najihatussalehah added, would see who could fare better in gaining the voters’ attention.

She is also of the opinion that PAS has a chance to win, admitting that while BN has its own number of voters, PAS has its own hardcore supporters as well.

She nevertheless admitted that having Amanah in the fray would affect PAS in obtaining votes from the non-Malays.

Her campaign, therefore, would focus more on garnering their support.

“We know that Amanah is with DAP and PKR in Pakatan Harapan and they will attract Chinese voters.

“This is a challenge for PAS. Previously, PAS received votes from the Chinese due to being in Pakatan Rakyat,” Najihatussalehah said.

A medical doctor who speaks Mandarin

Due to this, PAS will therefore make use of all its election machinery, as well as its PAS Supporters’ Congress (DHPP), in meeting the voters.

But PAS’ possible advantage in fielding her, she opined, is her ability to speak Mandarin, which would ease her way in meeting with the Chinese voters.

“I admit that I'm not that fluent but I can converse (in Mandarin) and with my experience as a doctor meeting with Chinese patients, I think it's easier to get close to them,” said the Chinese-educated medical doctor.

Apart from facing off against BN's Mastura Mohd Yazid, who is defending her late husband's seat, the Kuala Kangsar by-election is a four-cornered tussle involving Amanah's Ahmad Termizi Ramli and independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary.

Both the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar seats fell vacant after incumbent MPs Noriah Kasnon and Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad perished in a helicopter crash during campaigning for the Sarawak state election last month.


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