Asia Malaysia Mahathir hopes Johor voters will dump Najib's party

Mahathir hopes Johor voters will dump Najib’s party

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he does not believe people in Johor will vote for Umno or the Barisan Nasional, but that a strong message would be sent instead in tomorrow’s elections.

He claims that the outcome of the 15th Johor State Election would reveal whether the people are back to tolerating bribes and bandits or are hungry for economic growth.

Mahathir, the head of the opposition party Parti Pejuang Tanahair (PEJUANG), says Johor was not the first state to face elections since the administration was elected by the people and overthrown by the ‘back door’ movement.

“If they win in the Johor elections, the message conveyed to all Malaysians is that bribes and thieves of the country’s money can be accepted and given back the power to continue their actions.

“I don’t think the people of Johor will choose candidates from parties led and masterminded by corrupt people and bandits. I am confident that the people of Johor will reject a rogue who has no values, principles, trust and other noble qualities. The same goes for the party led by traitors even though he is from the State of Johor.

“The people of Johor have repeatedly proved that they are ready to push leaders and parties who have deviated from the path,” he said in a statement.

He calls on voters to support his party. Mahathir’s party is said to be the third force in the elections, with the Barisan Nasional of which the 1MDB-tainted Najib Razak is a member and its fractious ally the Perikatan Nasional of ex-PM Muhyiddin Yassin on one side against the opposition coalition headed by Anwar Ibrahim, the Pakatan Harapan.

“Support PEJUANG and give the opportunity to establish a corruption -free government in Johor. Happy voting,” he said.

The state of Johor will be the first to hold elections after the country’s voting age was reduced to 18.

There are 750,000 more ballots added to regional polls, which analysts say is a litmus test for a general election that may be held this year.

Political parties are fielding younger candidates and promising jobs, digital connectivity, and business assistance in an effort to entice new voters in Johor, where reforms lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 and allowing automatic voter registration have increased the local electorate by one-third.


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