By OH ING YEEN
PKR or PSM? That is the dilemma of non-Barisan Nasional supporters in Semenyih as the two opposition parties want the other to back out.
Barisan’s Datuk Johan Abd Aziz is defending the seat against S. Arutchelvan from PSM and Hamidi A. Hasan from PKR.
A shopowner in Semenyih, who only wanted to be identified as Kong, said, “I am confused. With the extra option, I do not know who to choose now.
“I have never see any of the candidates prior to the campaign period,” she said.
There were leaflets, supposedly produced by Semenyih residents, hitting out at Hamidi and asking residents to vote for Arutchelvan instead.
The leaflet said, “PSM has served the people of Semenyih for more than 10 years, Arutchelvan has been an activist for the past 25 years, has served in Semenyih for more than 20 years and has been a Kajang municipal councillor for five years.”
It also stated, “PKR has never contested in Semenyih. Hamidi is not a local and unknown to locals, he was only nominated because he is Azmin Ali’s right-hand man.”
The leaflet also bears the words “Pilih calon berkhidmat, bukan kroni” (vote for the candidate that serves, not the crony).
Hamidi told The Star on Nomination Day that he was not “Azmin’s guy”.
Meanwhile, Arutchelvan stressed that PSM was still Pakatan Rakyat-friendly but urged Semenyih voters to vote for Hulu Langat incumbent Dr Che Rosli Che Mat for the Hulu Langat parliament seat and vote for him for the Semenyih state seat.
“The important thing is for Pakatan to win all the seats in Hulu Selangor. I have pledges of support from Chinese and Indian NGOs,” he said.
Hamidi is adamant in contesting for the seat, saying, “PKR is the recognised Pakatan choice to contest this seat.”