No hard feelings towards PAS, says Pakatan’s Seri Setia candidate

Danial Dzulkifly

Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the Seri Setia by-election, Halimey Abu Bakar (left), greets fellow Muslims after performing Aidiladha prayers at the Al-Husna mosque in Bandar Sunway August 22, 2018. — Picture by Hari Anggara

PETALING JAYA, Aug 22 — Halimey Abu Bakar said he remains friendly with PAS supporters despite challenging the Islamist party’s candidate for the Seri Setia by-election.

The Pakatan Harapan candidate added that elections were a normal occurrence in democracies and did not require rivals to bear ill-will towards one another.

“This is healthy competition among the two parties. I have always maintained a good relationship with PAS supporters and their chosen candidate,” he told Malay Mail at the Mentari Court public housing’s Aidiladha celebration here today.

PAS, together with PKR and DAP, had formed the Pakatan Rakyat after the landmark Election 2008. Their partnership broke up in 2015 following internal disagreements, notably on PAS’s push to implement strict Shariah criminal practices in Kelantan, which it controlled.

Ties between PKR and PAS have since grown chilly.

Despite the strained relationship of the parties top leaders, Halimey believes he can win support from PAS members.

“One of the factors that even PAS supporters look for in an assemblyman is who can best serve the people. I hoped that PAS supporters would vote for me come polling day,” he said.

Halimey is banking on help from his parents, who are long time residence of Kampung Lindungan, to convince older PAS voters to support him.

“My parents know the people here well. Their standing in the community could help convince PAS voters to support me as well,’’ he said.

The Seri Setia by-election on September 8 is a straight fight between Halimey and Dr Halimah Ali from PAS.

The Selangor state seat fell vacant following the death of its assemblyman Professor Sharuddin Baharuddin of cancer on August 2.

According to the Election Commission, there are 53,492 registered voters in the constituency.

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