'I've an advantage as I'm more approachable than Muhyiddin', says Pagoh BN candidate

PAGOH: Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for Pagoh, Datuk Razali Ibrahim, believes he has an upper hand in next Saturday's general election as he is "more approachable" than his high profile opponent, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Razali pointed out that political leaders like Muhyiddin, who is Perikatan Nasional chairman, hardly visited local eateries and dined with the people.

"It's a small gesture that I used to do all the time. Recently, a stall owner told me, 'Thank you for coming here to eat'.

"Apparently, it was rare to see 'Abah' at warungs," FMT quoted him as saying, referring to Muhyiddin's moniker when he was prime minister.

"His name has always been known (in Pagoh) but physically? I found out that many actually have never met him. So, I think that is one thing that gives me an edge, because I like hanging out at warungs."

Razali stressed that no matter how busy an elected representative is, he must make time for his constituents, even if he holds a position in the federal government.

"In this regard, I believe I have an advantage because I like to frequent local eateries and food stalls," he said in jest.

Razali and Muhyiddin are in a three-cornered contest with geophysicist Iskandar Shah Abdul Rahman, who is the Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate for Pagoh.

Muhyiddin is an eight-term Pagoh MP, who will be defending the seat he won on a PH ticket in the 2018 general election (GE14). He is also a former Johor menteri besar.

Razali is a former deputy minister and had been the Muar MP for three terms until 2018.

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