KUALA KANGSAR – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Barisan Nasional had fielded its best candidate in Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid for the Kuala Kangsar by-election.
Ahmad Zahid said Mastura, 55, the widow of the incumbent MP Datuk Wan Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, was the most suitable as she had “no baggage”.
“If some among us are disappointed or felt more deserving but did not get it (candidacy), one must remember that our destiny is in the hands of Allah. So why the need to feel dismayed.
“If in the past others supported us, now we must support others. If we do good, Allah will repay our deeds…insyaAllah,” he said when campaigning for BN in Ulu Kenas about 30km from here, Tuesday.
The Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election on June 18 is being held following the death of Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar in a helicopter crash in Sebuyau, Sarawak on May 5.
The Kuala Kangsar by-election is a four-cornered fight between BN, PAS, Amanah and an Independent.
The parliamentary constituency has 32,949 registered voters comprising 22,496 Malays, Chinese (7,757), Indians (2,287), Sarawak Bumiputera (16), Sabah Bumiputera (13) and Orang Asli (330).
In his speech, Ahmad Zahid told the BN machinery to intensify the deployment of manpower to help the party retain the Kuala Kangsar seat.
This is more so as Mastura cannot join the BN campaign for the by-election as she is observing the mourning period of four months and 10 days over her husband’s death.
“Let us not be a money-minded machinery which wants money at the beck and call. The spirit of BN machinery struggle is sincere voluntary work to ensure victory for our candidate,” Ahmad Zahid said.
Speaking to the media after the event, Ahmad Zahid said Mastura was not forced to be a candidate.
The UMNO vice-president said Mastura’s selection, the widow of the incumbent, was based on Mastura’s agreement.
“No one forced her to contest. I myself was involved in announcing her name and before that, I even met her children.
“This is a reverse psychology ploy of the opposition. They only know how to talk but did not know that there was concurrence by the candidate herself,” he said when commenting on various allegations against Mastura in social media, apart from baseless claims by the opposition in ceramahs around Kuala Kangsar after the nomination day on June 5.
Mastura was accused of various allegations in the social media and that she was purportedly forced to contest even though she was mourning for her husband. – BERNAMA