Be humble to touch voters’ hearts, Anwar tells Melaka election candidates

Pakatan to utilise mainstream media to introduce candidates in Melaka polls

KUALA LUMPUR : Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reminded Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidates in the Melaka state election to be humble if they hoped to win the hearts and votes of the constituents they sought to represent.

In the last week leading up to the polls, the PH coalition chairman said humility, patience and sincerity were the key attributes by which voters would judge the candidates.

“Candidates must be patient and humble when they go into the field, regardless if you are old or young. But if there is no humility, there is no sympathy.

“It doesn’t matter if that person wears a BN shirt or a PAS shirt or a PN shirt, if we enter a restaurant, we have to be able to touch the hearts of everyone,” he said during the Tamu Anwar: Calon Muda Harapan event streamed live on Facebook on Sunday (Nov 14).

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reminded Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidates in the Melaka state election to be humble. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reminded Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidates in the Melaka state election to be humble. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

The Port Dickson MP said voters may not like candidates who appear too “aggressive”.

He said that politicians must also be close to the ground and not act as if they know better than the voters and their needs and the people politicians are supposed to work for. 

“One important thing in democracy is that we must not act as if we know better than the voters. 

“We must have the humility to accept the wisdom of the masses. They may not be able to debate on things like the Pandora Papers or global financial integrity, but they know the difference between wrong and right.

He said that most voters would think that all politicians are the same, but it is their job to persuade them otherwise. 

“People keep asking me, why continue trying to make headway into places where you know it is difficult and why haven’t we broken through yet. I tell them it is because we are not smart enough yet. 

“We still lack the patience, humility and resources to touch the hearts in those areas. So, we need to listen to them and their needs,” he said. 

Anwar also reminded Melaka voters that PH had a good record of maintaining everyone’s needs during its brief 22 months in power.

He said PH lawmakers just did not have the time to prove their worth.

“We have a track record. Yes, it is not perfect because our time was too short and the Federal Government did not provide full provision but what stands out on our record was that there was no abuse of power, bribery, stealing of sand and contracts. We did not have any of this. 

“In our country, this is our biggest problem,” he said. 

Pengkalan Batu hopeful Muhamad Danish Zainudin who is with the DAP said his party does not represent only one race but all communities regardless of their ethnicity.

“I’d like to quote Melaka DAP chairman Tey Kok Kiew who said that the most important part for him is that we must look after everyone. The Malays, Chinese, Indians, we must look after them all. 

“And in the 22 months that PH was in power, the feedback from the civil servants in the state government — who were mostly Malay — were very happy with him. This is because our principles are clear,” Danish said in the same virtual campaign programme.

Anwar reiterated Danish’s point of view, saying that it is in PH’s core philosophy to be all inclusive. 

“Yes, the chief minister is Malay, but the spirit of involving all races in its administration is something that stands out in Pakatan Harapan,” he said.

A Pakatan Harapan supporter is seen at the DAP operation room at Ayer Keroh, Melaka, November 7, 2021. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
A Pakatan Harapan supporter is seen at the DAP operation room at Ayer Keroh, Melaka, November 7, 2021. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

Meanwhile, Pakatan Harapan (PH) will provide information on the party candidates to mainstream media platform in line with the government’s decision in allowing Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) to air posters and biodata of all candidates contesting in the Melaka state election from today.

Melaka PH chairman Adly Zahari said the airtime should be given fairly to all candidates so that voters in the state election could recognise them, especially the new faces, with the limitation to introduce themselves following the strict standard operating procedures (SOP).

“We are open for anything, the opportunity should be utilised to provide information to the people. While the government has announced it (permission), its implementation is still weak…(like) how they want to get the information, and at our level, how do we want to channel the profile of the candidates.

“It is an additional avenue for candidates to introduce themselves apart from using the social media,” he told reporters at Graha Amanah Bukit Katil here on Sunday.

On Saturday, Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa was reported to have said that the government will allow RTM to broadcast posters and biodata of all candidates contesting in the Melaka state election.

He said the decision was made after taking into account the difficulty faced in campaigning and the voters having little knowledge of the candidates contesting in their respective constituencies.

The Election Commission has set November 20 as polling day for the Melaka state election, with early voting on November 16.

The election is called following the dissolution of the state assembly on October 4 after four state assemblymen withdrew support for the Chief Minister.

Melaka will go to the polls in six more days. 

All 28 state seats are up for grabs.

By : ASHMAN ADAM – MALAY MAIL

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