GOMBAK: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's viral remarks about Jews and the supposed proselytisation of the Malays by the church will not affect Perikatan Nasional's chances in today's general election.
PN election director Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said this was because people are mature and aware that Muhyiddin's speech was manipulated by certain quarters.
"Furthermore, Muhyiddin had issued a written statement that his statement was taken out of context," he said when met after casting his vote at SK Klang Gate.
"I believe that the people will not be easily duped by it, and Muhyiddin's leadership had proven that we always focus on ensuring the harmony of Malaysians regardless of race and religion."
In the viral video, Muhyiddin had urged people not to vote for PH as the coalition is sponsoring Jews and Christians, and that it would lead to Christianisation in the country, especially to Malays.
He claimed that this Christianisation has been happening in the country and that Malays were spotted going to churches on Sunday.
Earlier, Azmin arrived at the school at 8.35am to cast his vote.
Clad in batik, Azmin was joined by his wife, Datin Seri Shamshida Taharin.
Azmin is challenged by four candidates; the sitting Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari of Pakatan Harapan, Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin (Barisan Nasional), Datuk Dr Aziz Jamaludin Mhd Tahir (Pejuang) and Zulkifli Ahmad who is standing as an Independent.
In the 14th general election, Azmin won the seat by gaining 75,113 votes on a PKR ticket against Datuk Abdul Rahim Kamarudin from BN and Khairil Nizam from Pas. He had secured the Gombak seat in 2018 with a majority of 48,721 votes.