State polls: 2 former football players, “warlord” among candidates in Kedah?

PERIKATAN Nasional (PN) is expected to field, among others, two former football players, two professors and a “warlord” in the Kedah state polls on Aug 12.

This has been hinted at by PN election director Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor in his speech at a ceramah in Sik on Thursday (July 20) night, although he remained coy on the identities of the former football players in question.

“Gentlemen, come Aug 12, please vote for PN to run the state for another term. We will have two professors representing [the coalition], in addition to several ustaz and ulama as well as a ‘warlord’ who is standing in front of you (on the stage) leading the list of candidates,” he said at the Dewan Al-Hana, Sik last night.

According to Sanusi who is the caretaker Kedah menteri besar, in addition to the two popular football players, PN Kedah is also expected to field two professors as the coalition’s candidates while also fielding several religious clerics in the upcoming state election.

The incumbent Jeniri assemblyman also expressed confidence that PN will not have to wait long to take over the helm of the federal government should the coalition emerge victorious in all six state elections.

“The Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) is all over the place right now. He is the ‘bus driver’ of the unity government and we need to wake the driver up because the bus is about to fall into ravine,” he told the crowd at the ceramah.

“PN needs to win the six state elections to save the rakyat on the bus. Let’s throw Anwar out through the bus’s emergency door and if PN wins the state elections we will not have to wait long to kick them out of Putrajaya.”

Sanusi further said he remains steadfast in the face of challenges and personal attacks, and will continue fighting to defend the truth.

“If you want to sue Sanusi for being naughty (go ahead); I will not stop because I am born to fight,” he said.

On Tuesday (July 18), Sanusi was detained by a team of more than 20 police officers at his hotel at 3am in the morning.

He was later charged with two counts of sedition against Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at the Sessions Court in Selayang to which he pleaded not guilty to making a statement alleged to be seditious.

Both charges are framed under Section 4(1) (a) of the Sedition Act 1948 and punishable under Section 4(1) of the same law, which provides a maximum fine of up to RM5,000 or imprisonment for up to three years or both if convicted. – July 21, 2023


Main pic credit: Bernama 

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