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Ahead of D-Day, Muhyiddin tells voters to reject Anwar and Zahid

The Perikatan Nasional chairman says both leaders are linked to acts of wrongdoing.

Azzman Abdul Jamal
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Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin.
Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin.

Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Muhyiddin Yassin hit out at his political opponents last night, telling voters to reject both Anwar Ibrahim and his Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and Barisan Nasional (BN) led by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the 15th general election (GE15).

He said Anwar should not be chosen to lead as he had been proven guilty in court and sentenced to prison for "indecent" acts. 

"He did indecent acts and I don't want to talk about those things. I bring it up because he was convicted and sent to jail. 

"Yes, he received a pardon but the fact it that he was found guilty," Muhyiddin said at a PN event in Pagoh. 

Muhyiddin, PN's candidate for the Pagoh seat, said Anwar had upped the attacks on him as he was worried that he would not win the support of the majority come polling day this weekend. 

He said the PKR president had made PN his main goal because the coalition consisting of Bersatu, PAS and Gerakan was now more popular. 

"He has made reckless accusations and is worried because there are just hours left and he sees that his party cannot attract the support of the majority. 

"I know it and he knows it," he said. 

Muhyiddin also hit out at DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng, claiming he was losing the support of the Chinese and had long been rejected by the Malays.

He said Bersatu's decision to leave PH had been the right move, following what he described as "extreme" insistence from DAP. 

On BN, meanwhile, he said the Umno-led coalition had been known for widespread wrongdoing and misconduct for a long time. 

He said the strongest proof of this was the August jailing of former prime minister Najib Razak, who was also the Umno president at the time.

"I used to scold him while I was in the government as the deputy prime minister – where is my boss now?" he added. 

Muhyiddin also urged the people to read the manifestos offered by all three coalitions in order to make a fair comparison and judge for themselves which pledges were reasonable. 

He said PN had not offered things that were out of reach, but only what was realistic and could be fulfilled.  

"As a Muslim, if you promise something, it should be fulfilled," he said. 

"Not promising everything but then giving nothing in the end," he added, in a jibe at PH's manifesto at the last general election.