PAS is wondering about the total value of the federal government’s pledges to voters in the upcoming by-elections.
Furthermore, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the June 18 contest is considered an important referendum, which can extend a political lifeline to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“In the 13th general election, BN’s campaign was said to have been aided by the donation of an Arab ‘merchant’ (saudagar).
“Whose funds would be used for the two by-elections?” he asked in a media statement.
Tuan Ibrahim also questioned the source of the funding for the recent Sarawak state election, where BN scored a landslide win.
He noted how Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said revealed that the federal government promised 400 projects worth RM792.34 million for Sarawak during the election period.
Based on what was rolled out for the Sarawak polls, Tuan Ibrahim did not discount that the upcoming by-elections in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar would witness a tough fight between BN and PAS.
He reiterated his call for the opposition parties to remain united in the wake of concerns that three corner fights would split votes in favour of BN.
“I believe nobody among the opposition wishes to see the PM and BN leaders making statements like ‘rakyat accept GST’, ‘rakyat believe there are no wrongdoings in the RM2.6 billion donation’, ‘rakyat believe PM is not involved in 1MDB’, ‘BN government is clean’ and so forth after winning the polls.
“It is hoped that the opposition which does not wish to help PAS, do not make it easier for BN to win in the two seats,” he said.
PAS splinter Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has expressed its preparedness to contest in both the seats and urged PKR to cease negotiations with PAS.
Selangor DAP has also backed the proposal for Amanah to do battle in the two seats. -Mkini