New Straits Times
HADI: PAS WILL BACK BN CANDIDATE
Pas chief says will work with Umno to campaign for BN
PAS is prepared to campaign for Barisan Nasional in the Tanjung Piai byelection, regardless of who the candidate is, including that from MCA.
Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said it would leave it to Umno and friends in the Barisan Nasional (BN) to determine the candidate for the seat, as the Tanjung Piai parliamentary constituency had been a traditional seat of the coalition.
“We will go down to the ground regardless of whoever they nominate as the candidate.
“Pas will prove its (newly minted) political cooperation with Umno,” he said at his residence, here, yesterday.
Hadi said the Tanjung Piai byelection would not be a tough contest for the opposition coalition, as in the 14th General Election, BN only lost by a slim margin to Pakatan Harapan (PH) through its Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) candidate, Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik.
“Insya-Allah (God willing), with the latest political developments, this would be the best opportunity for us to win compared with PH,” he said.
The seat fell vacant when Dr Farid, 42, a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, died at the Pontian Hospital from complications of a heart attack last Saturday.
In the general election last year, Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng of MCA/BN lost the Tanjung Piai seat by a slim margin of 524 votes.
Dr Farid garnered 21,255 votes compared with Wee who secured 20,731 votes.
The Tanjung Piai seat had been traditionally held by the MCA since its creation in 2003, following a redelineation exercise.
Besides Wee, a former deputy minister under BN, who won the seat for two consecutive terms in 2008 and 2013, former MCA president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting also held the seat for a single term when he was elected in 2004.
In the 14th General Election, the total number of registered voters in the Tanjung Piai parliamentary constituency was 53,528. Out of that figure, Malays comprised 56.8 per cent, Chinese 41.64 per cent, Indians 1.01 per cent and others 0.55 per cent.
Tanjung Piai is located 65km southwest of Johor Baru, and 30km south of Pontian and is the “southernmost tip of mainland Asia”.
It has been designated as a world heritage site since Jan 31, 2003.