BATU PAHAT: Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon thinks Barisan Nasional’s decision not to field Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi for the Batu Pahat parliamentary seat may work in his favour.
“I will say that it is an added advantage for me, in a passive way,” said Mohd Rashid.
The Penang Deputy Chief Minister admitted that he was initially not too keen when he was told by the party leadership to contest in Batu Pahat.
“I had to accept it for the good of the party,” he said in Senggarang near here.
He refuted allegations that he was a parachute candidate for Batu Pahat with little knowledge of the area, saying that he was aware of important issues here.
“I work closely with the other Pakatan component parties in Batu Pahat.
“Batu Pahat has some similarities to Penang, such as having drainage and flood problems as well as traffic congestion.
“With my experience as Deputy Chief Minister, I can help the people here if Pakatan is given the mandate to govern Johor,” said Muar-born Mohd Rashid.
He hoped Batu Pahat could emulate Penang that was recognised as a World Unesco Heritage site.
“Batu Pahat has rich heritage and history, and I would like to implement the Penang approach in restoring it to its former glory,” he said.
Batu Pahat will see a three-cornered fight between Mohd Rashid, Haliza Abdullah from Barisan and Mahfodz Mohamed from PAS.
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