Penanti: BN indecision due to low morale

KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 (ES) - Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS) president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has slammed the apparent reluctance of the ruling party to contest in the Penanti by-election.

"I view the BN (stand) not contesting due to its low morale following their by-elections losses since last year except in Sarawak," Abdul Hadi who is also Marang parliamentary member said.

Abdul Hadi told Harakah recently that its up to the coalition however to decide whether to contest the Penanti by-election or not.

"Its their prerogative since it is up (to any party) to contest or not since we are in a democratic country," he said.

Newly minted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last week did not rule out the possibility that the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) will not contest the by-election for the Penanti State constituency in Penang.

He said BN must first consider whether the by-election would benefit the people or otherwise.

"Don't know yet (whether we opt out or not). We will look first, but I don't rule out any possibility," Najib told reporters.

Najib viewed the by-election as an opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition "political game".

The by-election should be called following resignation by Penang Deputy Chief Minister I, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, as the state assemblyman of Penanti.

Mohammad Fairus, 32, who is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, said the decision was taken to enable him to clear his name from all the allegations besides pursuing further studies.

The outcome of the by-election would not however alter the balance of power at the state level of Penang which is currently adminstered by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition. PAS is a member of Pakatan Rakyat coalition. - ES_

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