Mat Sabu upbeat about winning as an ‘outsider’

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 08 Mar 2008

KUALA TERENGGANU: His detractors have labelled him as an “imported candidate” but PAS’ vice-president Mohamed Sabu is not undeterred. Instead, he is confident of making it big in this general election.

Entering the fray for the seventh time, the seasoned politician is eyeing the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat.

The 53-year-old Mohamed said his chances are good because the people of Terengganu want a representative who can speak on their behalf in Parliament.

“I believe the voters want me because they know I am vocal. They certainly do not want a wakil rakyat who sits silently in Parliament,” he said in an interview with The Star.

Mohamed said the people of Kuala Terengganu were not strangers to “imported candidates”, pointing out that even way back in the 1959 elections, Datuk Onn Jaafar was a candidate there.

“All this while, I have been contesting in areas out of my home state and out of six (elections), I have won three. It shows that I do have support no matter where I stand,” said the Penang-born Mohamed.

Mohamed was wakil rakyat in three different parliamentary constituencies – Nilam Puri in 1990 and Kubang Kerian in 1995 (both in Kelantan) and Kuala Kedah in 1999.

He, however, failed to get re-elected in 2004, blaming the Election Commission for “moving the goal post” (after a redelineation exercise), resulting in his failure to “score.”

Mohamed said he has been in the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary constituency almost every day, going around town and introducing himself to the locals and asking for their support.

“I believe my chances are good, judging from how people react when they see me and come to my ceramah. We just have to wait for the D-Day now,” he said.

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