KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Halimah Ali’s impressive showing of more than 9,500 votes in Seri Setia by-election Saturday is a sign of greater things to come, especially in terms of Umno-Pas ties.
Wanita Umno chief Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad, who drew on Dr Halimah’s success in raking in 9,698 votes over the Islamic party's previous 4,563 votes in 14th General Election, said the numbers also showed that the collaboration between Umno and Pas was working.
"Wanita Umno is convinced this translates into the notion that members and supporters of the both political parties want a consensus in days to come, in order to fight for the interests of the Malay and Muslim community,"
"This increase in number also shows valuable signs that Pas and Umno can actually work together not just within the party leadership but also at the grassroots level," she said in a statement today.
Noraini added that the Seri Setia by-election outcome was also a turning point in revealing Pas' sincerity of working with Umno towards achieving an ultimate common ground.
"This was clear when the party has invited Umno to take part in its 64th Muktamar in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu next Saturday."
She said the higher number of votes received by Pas and Umno in the Seri Setia and Sungai Kandis by-elections respectively, also showed that voters, especially the Malay-Muslim community were frustrated with the current administration.
"What more the pledges made by Pakatan Harapan in their election manifesto are still 70 per cent incomplete even after the 100 days in office (the term ended on Aug 17)." she added.
Dr Halimah was pitted against Seri Setia PH candidate Halimey Abu Bakar who won the Seri Setia seat with 13,725 votes.
Its assemblyman and Selangor executive councillor, the late Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin won the seat with a majority of 19,372 ballots. He defeated BN candidate, Yusoff M Haniff (9,878 votes), Pas’ Mohd Ghazali Daud ((4,563 votes) and S. Vigneswaran (217 votes) who contested on an independent ticket.
(File pix) Wanita Umno chief Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (right), who drew on Dr Halimah’s success in raking in 9,698 votes over the Islamic party's previous 4,563 votes in 14th General Election, said the numbers also showed that the collaboration between Umno and Pas was working. (NSTP/ MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN)
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