SEMENYIH: Pakatan Harapan youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has "excused" the coalition's Semenyih by-election candidate for declining to debate with his opponents.
Syed Saddiq, who was a student debater, said 30-year-old Muhammad Aiman Zainali (pic) was not a person of many words.
"From the beginning, Aiman was known as someone who spoke little but served a lot.
"From his track record in Semenyih, we knew he helped with a lot of NGO work and that is his strength. I respect that," said Syed Saddiq at a press conference after chairing a Pakatan Youth meeting here Wednesday night (Feb 20).
Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 had issued an invitation to the four candidates of the Semenyih by-election to participate in a televised debate on Feb 25.
Muhammad Aiman and Barisan Nasional candidate Zakaria Hanafi declined to take part.
However, Parti Sosialis Malaysia's Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng accepted the invitation.
Syed Saddiq said Muhammad Aiman should be evaluated through his actions.
"Judge him by his actions, see how he interacts with the people on the ground. This is more important.
"He has also expressed his vision for Semenyih if he is elected, so the people should look at this instead," said Syed Saddiq.