Time for PKR to go on the offensive in state polls, says party sec-gen

SHAH ALAM: It is time for PKR to go on the offensive against Perikatan Nasional in the coming six state elections, says party secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

According to Saifuddin, this was because the Opposition had gone against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang said there would be attempts to topple the present government.

"This is too arrogant (of the Opposition). That is why in the PKR convention today, PKR will be ready for the state elections and we will go on the offensive to attack," said Saifuddin during his winding-up speech at the PKR convention.

Saifuddin also criticised Perikatan for constantly politicising Islam.

"There is a difference in politicking based on religion and politicising religion," added Saifuddin.

"Politicking based on religion is to promote mutual respect, getting to know each other.

"“Politicising religion means that if you don’t support me, you belong in hell," said Saifuddin.

Later in his speech, Saifuddin said the best approach that should be taken by PKR in the coming six state elections is to focus on winning Kedah.

"I don’t want to enter the Kelantan and Terengganu territory so we have a strong Opposition voice.

"The best approach is to focus on Kedah. Focus on Kedah and they (Opposition) will not be able to focus on Selangor and Negri Sembilan," said Saifuddin.

"We must mobilise all of our strength towards Kedah," added Saifuddin.

Kedah is presently led by Perikatan Nasional with 21 state seats out of the total 33.

Six states were due to hold elections this year - Kedah, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Penang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

Presently, Pakatan Harapan was in administration of Selangor, Penang and Negri Sembilan.

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