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Hadi: Young voters in KL 'who didn't know' put Harapan in power

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PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said Pakatan Harapan's surprise win in the last general election was in part contributed by young voters living in Kuala Lumpur who did not understand what was happening in the country.

"It was a marginal win because 30 percent of their support came from non-Muslims and another 30 percent came from KL voters aged under 30 who did not know about the developments in the country, led to Harapan winning," he told a press conference in Marang today.

Hadi said he believed that Harapan will eventually descend into infighting.

"I believe that there will be upheaval in Harapan due to the components having different ideologies, agendas, manifestos and promises," he said.

However, Hadi said he had no interest in Harapan's 100-day pledge or its achievement, stressing that PAS should instead focus on delivering its promises in Kelantan and Terengganu.

In the last general election, Harapan swept through the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, made inroads in Sarawak, and also captured Sabah with its ally Parti Warisan Sabah. 

However, PAS remained a formidable force in the East Coast, retaining Kelantan and capturing Terengganu. BN was left with only two states, namely Perlis and Pahang.

On Putrajaya's plan to defer the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), Hadi said the project was meant to help the East Coast, but acknowledged that there were concerns with regard to the agreements.

"The agreements had given rise to concerns and those must be rectified," he said, adding that he would leave it to the federal government to decide.

On Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement that the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) cash handout, now known as Cost of Living Aid (BSH), would eventually be phased out, Hadi said that the concept should always be to help the poor regardless of the method,

"The concept should continue with systematic improvements instead of being abolished altogether," he added.

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