SEREMBAN: Independent candidate Mohd Nor Yassin (pic) has dispelled talk that he is “MIA”, saying instead that he is running a low-profile election campaign.
“I am a calon bebas (independent candidate), which means I am bebas (free),” said the former lecturer.
“I campaign according to my capacity and my age. It is tiring. I do what I can and then I leave it to God,” said Mohd Nor, 67.
This, he said, had always been his style, even when he contested for the Gemencheh state seat in the 13th general election.
Mohd Nor was missing in the earlier days of the campaign period. He appeared later with a manifesto but then vanished again.
Insisting that he is merely lying low, Mohd Nor said: “I have not gone MIA (missing in action).”
“You don’t see me around much because my campaign is not aggressive. It is a low profile campaign – on a one-to-one basis. I talk to the voters privately through WhatsApp and Facebook, especially to Rantau voters who are staying outside of Rantau.”
Mohd Nor had courted controversy on nomination day when he claimed to be a PAS member.
PAS, however, said he had left the party to join Parti Amanah Nasional.
Amanah subsequently confirmed it but threatened to strip him of his membership for contesting without their mandate.
Despite threats from PAS and Amanah leaders to boycott him, Mohd Nor said he would “continue the struggle” to become a state assemblyman.
“I get invitations to weddings and get-togethers from my PAS friends.
I use the picture of the late PAS spiritual adviser Tok Guru (Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat) on my manifesto as he is what I aspire to be. Tok Guru does not belong to PAS,” said Mohd Nor, refuting accusations that he was using the PAS leader to get votes.
His manifesto featured Nik Aziz with promises to develop with Islam and prioritise the welfare of the people.
“I also have lots of support from the retirees here in Rantau. I am expecting to get 36% of the votes on polling day,” said Mohd Nor.
Despite his laid-back attitude, Mohd Nor said that he was quite sure he could get the Muslim and Malay votes meant for Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
The other two contenders for Rantau are Dr S. Streram (Pakatan Harapan) and independent candidate Malar Rajaram.
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