PETALING JAYA: The Seri Setia state constituency does not require an opposition party to serve as a ‘check and balance’, says Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the constituency, Halimey Abu Bakar. Halimey believes that with only five opposition representatives within the Selangor state legislative assembly, the opposition would not be able to make a difference as a check and balance mechanism. “There are only about five assemblymen in the Selangor state assembly. Do you think they will make a difference in being the voice of the people and as a check and balance?” he said. Speaking to reporters at PH's operation centre for the Seri Setia by-election here, he said the people have to also take into consideration that Selangor and the Federal government in Putrajaya is under PH. Halimey said that at state and federal level, “the voice is PH much stronger compared to the opposition’s, of which the latter will not make a difference.” The by-election on Sept 8 will see Halimey go head-to-head against Pas candidate Dr Halimah Ali. The Seri Setia state seat fell vacant after incumbent assemblyman and Selangor executive councillor Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin passed away on Aug 2 after a battle with cancer. Dr Halimah had previously said that she wished to serve as the people’s ‘check and balance’ mechanism for the Selangor government. Dr Halimah, who is a former Selangor exco member, said there is a need for a strong opposition voice within the state assembly to keep the state government in check.
(File pic) Halimey believes that with only five opposition representatives within the Selangor state legislative assembly, the opposition would not be able to make a difference as a check and balance mechanism. (NSTP/MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN)
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