Perak Bersatu Youth has accused the opposition of intentionally producing a video clip which intentionally quoted Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu out of context.
In a statement today, Perak Bersatu Youth chief Mohd Hafez Mubin Mohd Salleh (above) said the video clip was released with the intention of causing discord within Pakatan Harapan.
“I stress that the video clip does not reflect the whole context of Faizal’s conversation.
“This is an outdated strategy that is always used by the opposition to cause fissures among Pakatan Harapan parties such as what was seen in previous by-elections.
“In view of this, we urge the leadership, members and supporters not to believe this slander by the opposition, who are doing so as to win in Tanjung Piai,” he said.
He was referring to a video clip depicting Faizal accompanying Karmine Sardini – Harapan’s candidate for the Tanjung Piai by-election – on campaigning rounds.
While stopping at a stall, Faizal was seen chatting to locals and talking politics. At one point, Faizal said he was alone in Perak and had to fight off “puak-puak DAP“.
He also said he had shunned cabinet ministers during the by-election’s nomination process last Saturday in favour of his “Umno friends”.
Faizal has himself claimed that his remarks were taken out of context.
“I said that I have gone through a lot in Perak and there are DAP leaders who run me down.
“What is important is that we all work closely together,” he told Free Malaysia Today.
Ahmad Faizal does not deserve to be MB, says Perak PKR chief
Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu’s remarks concerning DAP is nothing short of embarrassing, according to Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak.
Without mincing words, Farhash, who is also PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s political aide, said the Bersatu leader does not deserve to be menteri besar.
“Apologise to all Malaysians before the situation worsens to the point that it impacts (Pakatan Harapan candidate) Karmaine Sardini in the (Tanjung Piai) by-election,” he added.
Farhash said if Ahmad Faizal considered DAP as a foe in the state government, then he should not be the menteri besar.
“The shared mandate should not be disputed.
“In fact, it is his duty to convince the people about the coalition. Why still practice disgusting racial politics in new Malaysia?” he added in a statement this evening.
Farhash labelled the menteri besar as a “hypocrite” for belittling Harapan ministers and prioritising his ties with Umno members.
He also accused Ahmad Faizal of protecting “his corrupt friends from Umno” and cited the awarding of a road maintenance contract under the Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris) in Perak to a company without an open tender and the logging at the expense of the Orang Asli.
“Before this, I was puzzled why his advisers appeared not to be doing their work because there are certain outstanding issues such as the appointment of local councillors in several places.
“But after watching the viral video where Faizal insulted the ministers and slandered DAP to fish for votes proves that he is unqualified to be the menteri besar,” he added.
In the video, which showed Faizal having an informal discussion with several individuals, the menteri besar spoke about waging a desperate battle on his own to safeguard the interests of the Malays and Islam.
“In Perak, I am fighting a desperate battle alone against ‘puak-puak’ (factions) DAP. I want to defend the land of the Malays, I want to champion our religion.
“(But) I do it, slowly. ‘Alhamduillah’ (thank God), my Umno friends (in Perak) do not scold me like this,” he said.
Faizal also said that he did not sit with the ministers during the nomination of candidates for the Tanjung Piai by-election.
“I sat with the Umno gang…I am fed up with the ministers, they also fight,” he added.
The menteri besar has since claimed that his remarks were taken out of context and denied there is a rift with DAP.