JOHOR BARU: PAS candidates in the general election suffered losses amounting to about RM315,000, after a majority of their 61 candidates lost their deposits.
These involved 17 parliamentary and 29 state seats which belonged to 75% of its candidates.
The party only won one seat, which is Bukit Pasir, in GE14 compared to four in 2013.
Even state PAS commissioner Abdullah Hussin (pic) lost his deposit for the Puteri Wangsa state seat and Tebrau parliamentary seat.
He won the Puteri Wangsa seat in 2013.
As for the eight independent candidates who contested in Johor, they too lost their deposits for six state seats and two parliamentary seats.
Candidates forfeit a RM5,000 deposit paid to the Election Commission for a state seat and RM10,000 for a parliamentary constituency if they fail to get one-eighth of the total votes.
It was a crowded affair in Johor on May 9 when 158 candidates contested in 56 state seats while 74 contested in 26 parliamentary seats.
Abdullah urged the Pakatan Harapan government to look after the welfare of the people.
He said he accepted the party’s loss in Johor in GE14.
“We are used to winning and losing and we respect the rakyat’s decision. Whoever wins must look after the people, and ensure they abide by the Constitution,” he said.
He added that PAS remained relevant in the state and will continue its principles and role for check and balance in the state.
“After five years, the people can judge for themselves whether the new MPs and assemblymen have delivered their promises,” he said.