SYED SADDIQ – SURELY ONE OF MAHATHIR’S BIGGEST MISTAKES – BLUNDERS BADLY IN TANJUNG PIAI, MAKES A LAUGHING STOCK OF HIS PARTY’S OWN CANDIDATE BY CALLING HIM ‘ARWAH HAJI KARMAINE’ AKA ‘THE LATE DECEASED HAJI KARMAINE’

PONTIAN, 8 Nov -- Ketua Armada Bersatu Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman menyampaikan amanatnya di PDM Lubok Sawah di Rumah Sa'don Wakijo Batu 4 Kampung Sawah Pontian malam ini. --fotoBERNAMA (2019) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KUALA LUMPUR — Bersatu Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman’s gaffe in referring to his party colleague and Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate while campaigning for the Tanjung Piai by-election recently has provided much grist for their political rivals.

“It was a mistake, it’s alright. There is no issue. Nothing to it.

“Sometimes we also say things wrongly by mistake, a slip of the tongue. But for me it’s no problem at all,” he was quoted by broadcaster Astro Awani as saying during a walkabout in the Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat.

The by-election was called following the death of Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik from heart complications on September 21. He was only 43 years old.

The Opposition Barisan Nasional and PAS picked Dr Farid’s predecessor for the seat to run for office again and have made much noise about Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng’s relative youth at age 55 compared to Karmaine.

However, PH and Karmainie have maintained a sanguine outlook at the criticisms, highlighting his experience and background as an imam instead.

The PH candidate was also reported by Awani to be defend the ruling coalition against its critics playing the religious card and claiming Islamic interests to have eroded in the past one year under the new government.

Karmaini said the Opposition’s allegation that Muslim welfare were under threat are completely baseless, pointing out that allocations for Islamic matters had instead increased with the agreement of the DAP, a PH component party that had been demonised as anti-Islamic.

“That has always been our stand. Whatever change in administration, the religion of Islam is maintained as the federal religion.

“Even the Federal Constitution places Islam in its rightful place. So I feel there is no issue,” he was quoted saying.

MALAY MAIL

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