PAS says it still supports BN in Semenyih despite 'less commitment'


KAJANG: PAS says it will ensure every single vote it received in Semenyih during the 14th General Election will go to Barisan Nasional during the by-election.

Its Selangor election director Roslan Shahir, who is also PAS deputy information chief, said the party's support for Barisan remains unchanged.

This is despite a statement by PAS' leadership that the party will "commit less" to Barisan in Semenyih.

“In the 14th General Election, PAS attained 6,966 votes. Our commitment to Barisan is that all these 6,966 votes, added with another 10% to 20%, will go to Barisan.

“At the highest level, PAS and Umno have a joint committee. In fact, even tonight, we will continue to have a meeting.

"It will be chaired by Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, out secretary-general, and also attended by (Umno vice-president) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob,” said Roslan.

He was speaking to reporters after joining a walkabout by Barisan's candidate for Semenyih, Zakaria Hanafi.

Also present was former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Earlier, Takiyuddin in a statement said PAS will throw its full support behind Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's leadership until GE15.

He added that PAS' level of commitment in supporting Barisan in the Semenyih by-election will be different from what was given in Cameron Highlands.

When asked to explain the remarks on the “level of commitment”, Roslan said Semenyih was different from Cameron Highlands.

He said this is because its opponent from Pakatan Harapan is a Malay-Muslim candidate.

“In Cameron Highlands, the opponent was a non-Muslim from DAP. In Semenyih, it's a Malay and Muslim, so we have to make some adjustments,” he said.

Muhammad Aiman Zainali is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's candidate for Semenyih.

Roslan added that PAS is trying to arrange for either its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang or deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man to campaign in Semenyih.