From being regarded underdogs, the contests in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar are slowly tilting in favour of the Amanah candidates, said DAP’s Lim Kit Siang as the campaign for the two parliamentary seats enters the seventh day today.
“The situation in both by-elections is now clearer, that in both places, it is a contest between Umno/BN and Amanah/PH candidates, as a vote for the Pas candidate in both constituencies would be a wasted vote with no chance whatsoever that the PAS candidate can win in either one of the two constituencies,” said Lim, who just days earlier had brushed off any chance of winning for the new party.
In Sungai Besar, Amanah, representing Pakatan Harapan, is fielding Azhar Abdul Shukor against BN’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi and Pas’s Dr Abdul Rani Osman.
In Kuala Kangsar, Amanah’s Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli faces BN’s Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid, Pas’s Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad and an independent, Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary.
Lim said the two by-elections were capable of creating political earthquakes in Malaysia.
“If Azhar Shukor is elected MP for Sungai Besar and Prof Termizi the MP for Kuala Kangsar on June 18, winning in traditional Umno strongholds which no Umno candidate had ever lost in six decades, the message is clear – either Datuk Seri Najib Razak steps down as Prime Minister or Umno/BN will be defeated in the next 14th General Election,” he told a speech at Pakatan Harapan ceramah in Sungai Besar last night.
Lim stressed that the coalition was not against ordinary Umno and PAS members, and extended invitation to them to join in the “Save Malaysia” to press for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s removal.
He added that a victory for AMANAH would show that Malaysia was ready to become a normal democratic country where people can change government peacefully.