MUAR: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council will discuss potential Johor Menteri Besar candidates soon.
Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub said the coalition has yet to make a firm decision on its candidate for the menteri besar post, in the event that PH wins in the Johor polls.
“This matter (Johor menteri besar candidate) will be discussed by the PH presidential council in the near future.
“However, I rather not comment on this since I am also contesting (in the Johor polls), so let the presidential council discuss the matter,” Salahuddin told a press conference after handing over bubur lambuk at Surau Ar-Rahman in Simpang Jeram here on Tuesday.
Salahuddin is seeking re-election in the Simpang Jeram state seat as a PH candidate.
He will contest against Datuk Lokman Md Don of Barisan Nasional (BN), Mahaizal Mahmor of Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) and Zarul@Mohamad Zahrul Salleh of Perikatan Nasional.
On the ongoing Johor polls campaigning period, Salahuddin, who is a former cabinet minister, observed most candidates did not use personal attacks against their respective contenders to fuel their campaigning period.
“Hopefully, this maturity will be preserved at all times and no more using personal attacks.
“We should bring forth safety issues; open up the state borders; and protect the people’s welfare.
“We must prove that PH would set aside politicking when it comes to providing support for matters such as the state budget, and also when it comes to the safety and welfare of the people.”
Salahuddin said PH was also working hard to woo those described as “hardcore supporters” of specific parties among Johor voters.
He said this when responding to Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad’s statement on Monday night.
Saarani had said that BN estimated that about 40 per cent of Johor voters were the party’s hardcore supporters, and that it only needed the voters from another 10 per cent more to gain an advantage in the state polls.
“On PH’s part, we are making preparations and evaluting our predictions and beefing up our machinery. We are also gathering our hardcore supporters and voters on polling day.
“I think all parties are currently increasing efforts to reach out to their hardcore voters. It’s not just BN and Umno.”
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