PORT DICKSON: PAS has dismissed the findings of a survey indicating Pakatan Harapan by-election candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) is leading the race.
Its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the finding was questionable, and he was aware of those who are behind the Selangor-backed Institut Darul Ehsan think-thank.
“This is similar to another survey, which had indicated PAS will be totally wiped out in the 14th general election.
“In the end, we have 18 parliamentary seats and 90 state seats. The survey is not convincing to us,” he told a press conference at the party’s election operations room on Friday (Oct 12).
The Oct 13 polls will see a seven-cornered fight between Anwar, PAS and five independent candidates, including former Negeri Sembilan mentri besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad, who was the former Umno strongman of the area.
In a study based on two separate polls conducted in September and earlier this week, Selangor-backed Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) think-tank found the PKR president-elect to be well in front of his main challengers, PAS candidate Lt-Kol (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar and Isa.
Takiyuddin also said there are no assurance that Anwar will immediately become the Prime Minister if he wins the by-election.
“Their candidates can say anything just to win the election.
“To become the Prime Minister, an individual must fulfil several criterias, including becoming a member of the Dewan Rakyat and the consent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, among others.
“Nobody can claim they can become the Prime Minister. This is just his personal views to confuse the public,” said Takiyuddin.
PAS also rejected claims that the party was disloyal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for questioning Anwar’s eligibility to contest in the by-election.
He said the party never questioned the powers of the King to grant pardon to Anwar under Article 42 of the Federal Constitution.
He said the Islamist party only wanted clarification whether Anwar was qualified to contest, as the PKR president-elect was granted a full pardon and not a free pardon.
“We will let the courts decide,” he said.