Azmin: Pakatan prepared for multi-cornered contest


The PKR leadership launching the party‘s election machinery. — M. AZHAR ARIF/The Star

PAKATAN Harapan is prepared for multi-cornered fights this elections, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said.

Citing the 15-cornered fight during the Bukit Selambau by-election in Kedah in 2009 as example, he added that Pakatan was all too familiar with such a scenario.

Azmin said by-elections were generally more difficult to win but they still achieved victories.

“Here we are expecting only four or five-cornered fights, so I think we can win but we have to work hard,” he said during the launch of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) machinery at Wisma Belia dan Kebudayaan in Section 7, Shah Alam, on Sunday.

Later in a press conference, in reference to former Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam’s decision to join Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM), Azmin said it was his right to do so.

Azmin also said he was surprised to see his estranged sister Umi Hafilda Ali at a fundraising event hosted by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi).

“Umi was there to lend support to Tun M (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed) and even pledged to campaign for him as well.

“I am okay with that because when it comes to elections, every vote counts. So I am happy if there are individuals who support Tun M and Pakatan Harapan,” he added.

At the launch, PKR leaders centred their speech on the use of PKR logo by the Pakatan Harapan coalition in GE14.

Azmin even jokingly reminded the thousands of supporters present that Dr Mahathir, who once doubted the lifespan of PKR, would be using the logo.

“The man who once said Keadilan (PKR) would only last six months, will use our logo 19 years later,” the MB said with a smile.

Even PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail shared the anecdote of Dr Mahathir pinning the party badge on his shirt after they had decided on using the PKR logo.

“It just so happened that I had a badge in my handbag, so I placed it on the table and he picked it up and pinned it on,” she said.

The two were among the list of PKR leaders including party vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tian Chua and Dr Xavier Jeyakumar, and secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution who addressed the crowd during the launch.

Amid war cries and speeches, the team also unveiled their election banners and showed off PKR’s social media applications - Demi Rakyat and Teh Tariq.

They later flagged off the PKR state convoys including four trailers carrying flags and other GE14 paraphernalia.

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