Bersatu politician claims freeze on party’s bank accounts, 3R ban crippling Perikatan’s campaign for twin Johor polls

Perikatan Nasional (PN) campaigners for the Pulai and Simpang Jeram by-elections in Johor have been forced to work without funds since Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) bank accounts were frozen, its information committee member Badrul Hisham Shaharin claimed in a ceramah here last night.

(MMO) – The politician who goes by the moniker Che’gu Bard claimed the lack of funds had hobbled the PN election machinery as campaigners were unable to move more aggressively and could not hold programmes to approach voters.

He described the situation as one in which PN is invited to a fight, but have to slug it out with their hands and legs tied-up and faces covered.

“I feel that this is the worst election for us as the party has no money. As of today’s election campaign from the recent six state elections, the party’s account was frozen and with some even confiscated.

“We are not able to move the machinery to campaign and the programmes are also very limited,” he said during the Ceramah Kelompol PN at the Kampung Ulu polling district centre in Bakri, Johor last night.

With less than two days left to the twin by-elections, the former Johor Bersatu elections operations director said the campaign needs to be done in a more strategic manner and focus on the grassroots.

“If we really focus on winning, by putting PN’s victory above other interests for the remaining twenty hours until this Saturday, I believe and am confident that we can reverse our fortunes and win,” he said.

Badrul Hisham added that the government ban on using issues about race, religion and royalty (3R) had also hampered PN’s campaign.

He said that Malay-Muslims have a need to talk about their interests in Islam and Malay empowerment.

“Are we being colonised? We can’t even mention anything about being Malay or Muslim.

“On the other hand, if the Chinese talk about their interests, that’s fine. Similarly, even for the Indian community as well,” he claimed.

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