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SAMM coordinator Azhar Achil

‘War general’ Mat Sabu best bet to defeat BN in Sg Besar, says group

Pressure group Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) said Amanah presidentMohamad Sabu should represent the opposition at the coming Sungai Besar parliamentary by-election next month.

Selangor SAMM coordinator Azhar Achil said the group backed Amanah’s bid to contest the seat, adding that Mohamad, better known as Mat Sabu, was the most suitable candidate to take on Barisan Nasional (BN).

“Amanah should send its best ‘war general’ and Mat Sabu is the perfect choice.

“The winning chance with such a national leader is quite bright. Amanah with its image of progressive Islam and a strong candidate whose background is accepted by all levels of society can win this seat,” he said, adding that the importance placed by both state and federal governments on the constituency would mean the electorate would reap benefits,” said Azhar.

He said Selangor SAMM had been actively engaging with young voters in Sungai Besar before concluding their choice of candidate.

Sungai Besar, alongside Kuala Kangsar in Perak, goes to the polls on June 18, following the deaths of their MPs Datuk Noriah Kasnon and Datuk Wan Muhammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad in a helicopter crash in Sarawak early this month.

Top Pas leaders have insisted the party would contest in both by-elections despite the possibility of a multi-cornered fight working in BN’s favour.

The decision has shaken Pas’s fragile relationship with PKR in Selangor, with Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is also the PKR deputy president, reportedly giving an ultimatum to Pas to quit the state government by next week if it was adamant on contesting.

Azmin has denied issuing such an ultimatum, saying negotiations with Pas were ongoing, although Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang denied discussing seats allocation with PKR.

In the 2013 elections, the late Noriah defeated PAS’s Mohamed Salleh Husin by a 399-vote majority, far less than the 5,000-vote majority she gained in 2008.

Sungai Besar’s electorate, with 42,837 voters in the last general election, is made up of 66% Malays, 31% Chinese and 2% Indians.

Meanwhile, Selangor BN deputy chairman Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan said the state opposition party would name a winnable candidate in Sungai Besar.

“The candidates’ list has been submitted to the PM, it’s now up to the leadership and we are not short of candidates to contest in by-elections,” he told Malaysia Dateline.