SEMENYIH: They may have been bitter rivals before, but PAS says it is ready to help Umno to wrest the Semenyih state seat from Pakatan Harapan.
PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi said the party would throw its support behind Umno and Barisan Nasional to send a signal to Pakatan that it is dealing with a stronger force.
"We have been meeting on several occasions to strengthen the opposition front," he said.
Khalil, who was with his Umno counterpart Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki at a coordination meeting between the two parties for the upcoming Semenyih by-election on Sunday (Feb 10), said the collaboration would send a signal to Pakatan.
"This is an opportunity to tell them that the people have the power to vote you in but they can also vote you out.
"They have betrayed the people by not fulfilling promises and now they have lost their integrity because some of them have had their academic qualifications questioned," he said.
Asyraf later added that Barisan did not need to play up the issue of dubious academic qualifications as Pakatan had aired their dirty laundry in public.
"It is a question of integrity and it is really an embarrassment to the country to have a deputy minister – who allegedly has a fake degree – meeting with foreign dignitaries," he said.
Asyraf also said that Umno and PAS have set up a special task force to engage the grassroots.
"This will not only be for Semenyih because we need to look for more creative ways to build our relationship with the grassroots. Such things do not happen naturally so we need to engage with them," he said.
The Semenyih by-election was called following the death of its assemblyman, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's (Bersatu) Bakhtiar Mohd Nor.
The late Bakhtiar won the four-cornered contest with 23,428 votes and an 8,964 majority.