PETALING JAYA: Dr Halimah Ali, the Pas candidate for the Seri Setia constituency by-election, Ali wants to serve as the people’s ‘check and balance’ mechanism for the Selangor government.
As such, she said, she need support from voters, especially from the youth, to elect her regardless of which party she comes from.
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.
Dr Halimah said she wants to be voice of the people in Seri Setia, not only for Pas but also all the voters and supporters of Pakatan Harapan (PH).
"Every government around the world will need to have a strong opposition as a check and balance and that is why Pas nominated me as a candidate here," she told reporters at the Seri Setia by-election nomination centre at the Dewan Sivik Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) here after submitting her nomination forms.
The Seri Setia by-election will see her take on Halimey Abu Bakar from PH.
Asked on views that the Seri Setia constituency is a traditional PH stronghold, she said such views no longer hold water, as even Barisan Nasional, which had ruled for 61 years, was toppled in the 14th general election.
“There is no such thing as a ‘traditional stronghold’ any longer. BN also fell despite ruling for more than 60 years. We want to champion issues close to the people’s hearts, especially those involving the underprivileged and the youth.
“We want to show PH that these groups need attention, not just sweet promises to lure voters.
“If there is no check and balance, PH will grow complacent. I have experience as a state exco and had served as an assemblyman before.
“This by-election is an opportunity for the people . Stand with me and I will ensure that your voice is heard in the state legislative assembly,” she said.
The Seri Setia by-election is being held following the death of its incumbent, Prof. Dr. Shaharuddin Badaruddin, who died at the Putrajaya Hospital on Aug 2 from colon cancer.
In the 14th general election, Dr Shaharuddin won the seat with a 19,372 vote majority, defeating BN candidate Yusoff M Haniff; Pas’ Mohd Ghazali Daud; and Independent candidate, S Vigneswaran. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd