Seri Setia by-election: Dr Halimah unfazed by Halimey's 'homeboy' status

Kalbana Perimabanayagam

PETALING JAYA: The Pas' candidate for Seri Setia by-election, Dr Halimah Ali said she is unfazed by her opponent, Pakatan Harapan's candidate Halimey Abu Bakar's 'homeboy' status.

She insisted that in politics, 'homeboy' status does not ensure a win.

"Yes, it may be an advantage but the chances of winning are open to all, be it a candidate for Pas or PH," she said.

She said local-born candidates have their own advantages but so does an outsider.

"Based on past records, there have been many instances where a candidate who came from outside of the constituency won against a local candidate,"

"For example, the Selangor Menteri Besar, Amiruddin Shari is not a local candidate (in his constituency) but he is accepted by the people.

"I myself was elected the Selat State Assemblyman previously despite not being a local candidate." she said during a community programme in Desa Mentari today.

Dr Halimah said she believed both she and Halimey have equal chance of winning the by-election scheduled to take place on Sept 8.

The Seri Setia state seat fell vacant after incumbent assemblyman and Selangor executive councillor, Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin, passed away on Aug 2 following a battle with cancer.

Meanwhile, on her 21-days campaign trail, Dr Halimah said she expected party leaders to join her by next week. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd