AMPANG: PAS’ Dr Halimah Ali has accused her Seri Setia by-election opponent, PKR’s Halimey Abu Bakar, of distributing goodies sponsored by the state to voters.
“This is the new Malaysia, we are talking about reforms in the government and the elections. So should you use the government machinery for campaigns?
“I see that everywhere, programs from the morning till afternoon … the government giving away goodies,” she claimed without elaborating what these were.
Dr Halimah was speaking to reporters after the Unity in Diversity dialog at Hotel De Palma in Ampang on Saturday (Sept 1).
Drawing a comparison to her campaign, Dr Halimah said that she relied on only the PAS machinery.
“The food, tents and flags – it’s all from PAS. So that’s the difference.
“(Pakatan) talk about reformation, but what’s new? Isn’t it the same as before? That is exactly why we need an opposition voice in the state assembly. This is what Sept 8 is all about,” she said.
The former two-term Selat Kelang assemblyman also alleged that there was hypocrisy in Pakatan Harapan, as its Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah, was the former Bersih 2.0 chairman.
Seri Setia, Taman Medan and Bukit Gasing, are the three state seats that fall under the Petaling Jaya parliamentary constituency.
“Is this kind of campaigning considered bersih (clean)?”
58-year-old Dr Halimah is set to take on first-time candidate and former Petaling Jaya councillor Halimey in the polls on Sept 8, which will run concurrently with the Balakong by-election.
In GE14, Pakatan won a four-cornered fight in Seri Setia with its candidate Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin getting a 19,732-vote majority against Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Yusoff HM Haniff (9,878 votes), PAS’ Mohd Ghazali Daud (4,563 votes) and independent candidate Dr S. Vignes (217 votes).
Dr Shaharuddin passed away on Aug 2 after a battle with cancer.