JOHOR BARU: PAS will be fielding its largest number of candidates in Johor for the coming general election, says state PAS commissioner Abdullah Husin.
He said that the party would be contesting in 19 parliamentary seats and 40 state seats in Johor. The state has 26 parliamentary seats and 56 state seats.
However, he said the 59 aspiring candidates will need to raise their own deposits of RM5,000 for a state seat and RM10,000 for a parliamentary seat.
Each candidate will also need to raise RM3,000 as deposits for posters.
“It will be very costly if Johor PAS wants to fund all our candidates. If the candidates cannot raise the money, it is up to their respective divisions to raise the funds for the candidates,” he said.
“In the last general election, we contested eight parliamentary and 31 state seats,” he said, adding that they only won four state seats – Maharani, Sungai Abong, Putriwangsa and Parit Yaani.
“But the Parit Yaani assemblyman defected to Parti Amanah Negara,” he said in an interview here.
It is learnt that among the parliamentary seats that PAS will contest here are Muar, Pagoh, Kluang, Ayer Hitam, Gelang Patah, Sembrong, Pengerang and Tebrau.
Abdullah said that PAS would be banking on experienced and new faces, including women, to stand in Johor.
He claimed the party is confident that it will be able to create major upsets against Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan.
Abdullah said there has been a jump in Johor PAS membership, adding that last month, about 5,000 people, mostly youths, had signed up as new party members.
Even the non-Muslims have been quite supportive of PAS in Johor, said Abdullah.
“Pakatan Harapan can claim PAS is no longer relevant in the country’s political landscape. But we are ready to become a dominant force in the general election,” Abdullah added.
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