Mohd Salleh Man

Mohd Salleh Man

The PAS candidate in the by-election for the Permatang Pasir state seat, Mohd Salleh Man, is confident of retaining the seat on Aug 25.

He said the confidence was based on the PAS strength in the area, which was the party’s only stronghold in the state.

He hoped the success of the former Permatang Pasir State Assemblyman, the late Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman in defending the seat for three terms would be repeated this time.

“This constituency is a PAS stronghold and with the support of the opposition pact machinery, I believe we are capable of retaining the seat,” he said when met after the nomination process for the by-election at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) Bukit Mertajam, here on Monday.

Meanwhile, PAS Election Director, Datuk Mahfuz Omar, said the party might not be able to maintain the majority it obtained in the last general election because it believed the BN would use various tactics and the government machinery to fish for votes.

He said the revocation of the civil lawyer licence of the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, Rohaizat Othman, gave an edge to PAS to prove that its candidate was the more suitable.

Meanwhile, DAP secretary-general who is also Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng said the by-election which would see a straight fight between PAS and the BN would enable the voters to make a clear and apt decision.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, meanwhile, said the opposition pact machinery would work hard to ensure victory for the PAS candidate.

The Permatang Pasir by-election will see a straight fight between the BN candidate, Rohaizat Othman, who is also the Permatang Pauh Umno division secretary, and Mohd Salleh, the Penang PAS commissioner.

The Permatang Pasir state seat fell vacant following the death of its Assemblyman, Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman from PAS, who died at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur on July 31 due to a heart attack. — BERNAMA