SHAH ALAM, Apr 27 – Sungai Besar Umno Division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos has ‘thanked’ Pakatan Harapan (PH) for fielding former Umno member Muslimin Yahya as the opposition pact’s candidate for the Sungai Besar parliamentary seat in the 14th General Election (GE14).
He described Muslimin, who was previously a special officer to the Deputy Prime Minister’s political secretary Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad, as ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ to Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).
The former teacher, who is known as ‘Cikgu Muslimin’ among locals, was also a special officer to the late Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon, who was Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities and Sungai Besar MP when she was killed in a helicopter crash in Sarawak on May 5, 2016 during the Sarawak State Election that year.
“I will hold a ‘kenduri kesyukuran’ (feast) in the near future by ‘sacrificing a goat’, to celebrate Muslimin’s departure to PH,” Jamal told Bernama here today. Jamal, who is also BN’s Sungai Besar Parliamentary Constituency election director, said Sungai Besar Umno was ‘relieved’ that the ‘enemy within’ had gone to the Opposition.
“We should be thankful to PH,” he said sarcastically when asked about the former Sungai Besar Umno division committee member and former Umno Youth vice-chief competing on the PH ticket.
PH Sungai Besar today announced the nomination of Muslimin as its candidate for the seat, after the former teacher joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), and he will take on BN candidate Budiman Mohd Zohdi, who is the incumbent.
Jamal said Umno and BN Sungai Besar were not worried about Muslimin’s candidacy, as the former teacher had never gained wide support from the grassroots, and had lost badly in previous party elections.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Zahid’s political secretary Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad confirmed that Muslimin was one of his officers. He said in a statement that Muslimin joined PKR after he learned that he was not chosen as a BN electoral candidate.
“This shows that he took the shortcut to contest in the general election, by joining an opposition party,” he said. Ahmad Masrizal explained that Ahmad Zahid’s principle was clear, that he did not allow any of his officers to contest the general election in the hope that all his officers would play an active role in helping BN win the election. — Bernama