PKR candidate in the Sungai Kandis by-election Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni said the Malays had rejected Umno in the 14th General Election and that was why Barisan Nasional (BN) only won four state seats in Selangor. BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM: Pakatan Harapan has always looked after the Malays and will always protect their rights.

PKR candidate in the Sungai Kandis by-election Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni said the Malays had rejected Umno in the 14th General Election and that was why Barisan Nasional (BN) only won four state seats in Selangor.

He said the coalition had a proven track record of carrying out welfare initiatives and programmes that had especially benefitted the Malay community.

Zawawi said the PH-led state government had implemented 43 programmes under its Inisiatif Peduli Rakyat, which had primarily benefitted the Malays.

“These include the small and medium-sized industries development programme, where 95 per cent of the 46,000 entrepreneurs are Bumiputera,” he told a press conference at the PKR command centre, here, today.

“A total of RM7.1 million was allocated to offer training programmes for fishermen and farmers.

“The state government allocated RM8.54 million to help farmers, where Malays are the biggest benefactors.

“Courses were also held to help night market traders and eight plots of land were allocated for night markets around Jalan Kebun and Jalan Johan Setia.”

Zawawi said baseless accusations made by the opposition bloc that PH did not care about the Malays would not deter the state government from continuing to help them.

He added that PH’s initiatives to help the Malays were not limited to rural areas.

Zawawi said the state government had allocated RM8.7 million to settle rental arrears owed by tenants in the people’s housing programme and fund the Ceria Scheme to renovate their homes.

“The state government allocated RM320 million to reduce their property assessments. The PH government also offerred education and housing benefits.

“This proves that the accusations and claims made against PH are just empty talk. The Malays and their rights are always protected under the PH government.

“Malay voters have rejected Umno because they are sick of the party leaders’ attitudes. This rejection is evident in the general election. Umno went from having 18 out of 56 state seats contested in Selangor (in 2008) to merely four seats in the 14th General Election.”

He said Sungai Kandis folk had expressed their undivided support for PH.

“We plan to update the programmes to ensure that everybody gets what he is entitled to, especially the lower income group in the Malay community,” he added.

Zawawi is pitted against BN’s Datuk Lokman Noor Adam and independent candidate Murthy Krishnasamy.

Polling has been fixed for Aug 4.