Fighting words

By Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Salleh, who risks losing his deputy minister post should he be defeated in the Kuala Terengganu by-election, has brushed aside Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s comment that he was a bad choice.

Dr Mahathir’s son, Jerun MP Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, was seen at the nomination today in a show of support for Wan Farid.

Meanwhile, Pas’s Abdul Wahid Endut dismissed the suggestion that it would be problem if he has to represent two seats.

Abdul Wahid, a five-term Terengganu assemblyman, added that he has been taking good care of his state constituency.

But the surprise candidate is independent Azharuddin Mamat, who says he is contesting the by-election in order to help the poor.

He also added he has never been a member of any political party and is using his own money to stand in the by-election.

What the candidates said …

“I don’t want to comment on that,” Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Salleh told reporters when asked to comment on Dr Mahathir’s latest attack against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi. “But I am happy that the Jerlun MP has hit the campaign trail to be with me in this by-election.”

“This is Hadi’s decision, so I have to abide by the party’s decision,” Abdul Wahid Endut of Pas told reporters when asked if it was unusual for a state representative to run for a Federal post.

“All the money I get as an MP will be invested to help the poor,” said independent candidate Azharuddin Mamat.