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Pas candidate in PRK Kuala Kangsar Dr Najihatul Solehah Ahmad and Sungai Besar Dr Abdul Rani Osman

Meaningless to vote for Pas in twin by-elections, says Rafizi

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said it would be meaningless to support Pas in the upcoming twin by-elections in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar as the party is unable to bring changes on its own.

The Pandan MP said a victory to Pakatan Harapan, on the other hand, will send a stong message to the government that the coalition was formidable.

“This time, the decision is easy. Either remain with Barisan Nasional or vote for change through Pakatan Harapan.

“I know PAS friends are contesting. But a victory for Pas will have no effect on people’s lives or on the chances that the government can be replaced,” he told reporters at the nomination centre in Kuala Kangsar yesterday, where Amanah’s Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli is PH’s candidate.

He said the twin by-elections were the first time the new coalition, set up following the collapse of Pakatan Rakyat, could test its support.

“This is not a one-party campaign. We made the decision to go in as Pakatan Harapan. The campaign strategy is a joint effort.

“Under this concept, PKR and DAP are together as the main machinery, just like Amanah.”

He said Dr Ahmad Termizi, who he knew closely, has been active in welfare works, adding that his candidacy would boost PH’s chances.

Kuala Kangsar will see a multi-cornered fight, with PH facing BN’s Mastura Mohd Yazid, Pas’s Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad and independent Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary.

In Sungai Besar, Amanah’s Azhar Abdul Shukur will face BN’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi and Pas’ Dr Abdul Rani Osman.