Pakatan vows to give Barisan a run for their money in Chini by-election


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

KUANTAN: Pakatan Harapan will not give way to an easy win for Barisan Nasional in the Chini by-election.

State Pakatan chairman Fuziah Salleh (pic) said PKR had listed at least five names as potential candidates for the by-election to be held on July 4.

However, she was equivocal in her response when asked why it was important for Pakatan to contest the by-election during the Covid-19 pandemic and also considering the low chances for PKR to secure victory.

"Read my lips. I said Barisan will not get an easy win. No walkovers.

"There are many ways to skin a cat. We have yet to decide how," Fuziah said in a text message.

She said the bottom line was Pakatan would ensure there were no easy paths for Barisan.

Several groups, as well as Pahang PAS, had urged Pakatan and potential independent candidates not to contest the Chini by-election and give way to Barisan.

Among the reasons cited was that the results of the last general election strongly favoured Barisan and the existence of Muafakat Nasional could only mean even greater support.

Furthermore, Pahang PAS said a walkover could prevent a flurry of activities and retain the people's commitment to breaking the chain of Covid-19 infections.

Fuziah admitted that a strict standard operating procedure could prohibit Pakatan from mobilising its campaign workers.

Asked whether there was room for cooperation with the pro-Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad camp in Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Fuziah said Pakatan would definitely work with any elements that want Barisan out.

"Even from within Umno's machinery," she said.

The Chini by-election was triggered after the death of incumbent Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun on May 6.

In GE14, Abu Bakar obtained 10,027 votes against Mohd Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim of PAS (5,405) and Mohamad Razali Ithnain of PKR (1,065 votes).

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