Najib sings Lokman’s praise and woos PAS’ support, telling them it’s for Islam’s sake.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak helped campaign for the Sungai Kandis by-election today.
He arrived at the Barisan Nasional (BN) by-election command centre at Kampung Sungai Kandis just before 9.00am.
Najib said he was happy with the reception given to him in Sungai Kandis, despite the police raids and corruption charges against him linked to the 1MDB scandal.
In the by-election, BN’s Lokman Noor Adam is contesting against Pakatan Harapan’s Zawawi Ahmad Mughni and independent candidate K Murthy.
On the campaign trail, Lokman has been speaking on Malay rights and the special position of Islam, while Zawawi has been addressing local issues.
PAS is staying away from the by-election, saying it was to avoid splitting opposition votes. But the party has stopped short of urging its members to vote for BN.
Najib has urged Umno and PAS to bury their past animosity and work together in the interest of Islam.
“It is a given fact that among PAS supporters, they see Umno’s commitment towards Islam is far greater than Pakatan Harapan.
“I think that’s a given fact,” said Najib.
Earlier, Lokman told FMT it was impossible for BN to win in Sungai Kandis without PAS’ backing.
“There is no way I can win if PAS members do not help me. Impossible,” he said, adding that he would meet “friends” from PAS as part of his campaign.
Some 72% of the 50,800 voters in Sungai Kandis are Malays, while Chinese and Indians make up the rest.
The seat, formerly known as Seri Andalas, is part of Kota Raja, the federal constituency won by Amanah president and Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.
On BN’s chances of winning the by-election, Najib said he did not want to make any prediction. However, he sang praises for the BN candidate.
“Datuk Lokman is an outstanding individual who is willing to speak his mind and not afraid to state what is right or wrong. That is exactly the kind of wakil rakyat (elected representative) that we require and want to represent Sungai Kandis,” Najib said.