PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate for the Seri Setia state by-election, Halimey Abu Bakar, shared his experience of living in a squatter colony in the constituency at a press conference here, yesterday.
At one point, he was moved to tears recalling growing up poor in the area.
“I am used to poverty. I myself was a squatter. I am the son of a night trader who sometimes earned RM20 a day to support the family.
“So this is my opportunity to serve the people in the Seri Setia constituency (which is) my own area. Let the opposition say what they want – I am not ashamed about it,” Halimey said.
He was responding to a comment by Pas candidate Dr Halimah Ali who had dismissed his “outdated” campaign approach of “fishing for sympathy votes.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd