State election race takes on class features on Hulu Kelang | Malay Post

GOMBAK, August 11 — The campaign for the Hulu Kelang seat here exposed economic inequality in society as the two coalitions appealed to voters of different social classes for tomorrow’s critical Selangor state election.

On the one hand, Pakatan Harapan (PH) and its campaigners settled among the more affluent factions of the constituency, particularly in Melawati, which remains one of the coalition’s strongest sources of support.



On the other hand, Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali is intensifying his bid for voters in the more working-class segments of the seat, such as Keramat.

Yusof Haq said he is after leadership that will nurture the country’s harmony and unity. — Photo by Firdevs Latif

In the heart of Melawati, a 26-year-old resident named Yusof Haq firmly expressed his intention to vote for Juwairiya Zulkifli of PH, unaffected by the racially charged narrative presented by Azmin’s coalition.

Saying that he does not believe that the divisive social policy is still valid, Yusof said that he is after leadership that will nurture the harmony and unity of the country.

“Everything related to Malay and Bumiputera rights is protected and loudly represented in the Federal Constitution.

“There is no need to frighten voters about how the presence of our Malaysian brothers and sisters we grew up with in school, university and even workplaces threatens the Malays.” Malay Post in an interview yesterday.

Juwairiya Zulkifli, Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Hulu Kelang seat, speaks during Kita Selangor’s Grand Final election campaign ahead of the Selangor state elections to be held on August 10, 2023 at AU2 Taman Keramat. — Picture: Firdaus Latif

When asked if his peers shared the same values ​​and aspirations, Yusof expressed confidence that those around him were not impressed by PN’s focus on Malay voters for his campaign.

Before meeting with Yusof, Malay Post Juwairiya joined as she addressed the residents of Taman Warisan in Melawati one last time before tomorrow’s vote.

There, Juwairiya acknowledged that there are still parts of the seat that are hard to win, saying this is clear from both her recent interactions with voters and historical poll statistics.

“Based on the data and results of the last few elections, Taman Melawati is a safe zone for PH.

Aini Talib, 50, said there are supporters from both camps in their apartment in Keramat. — Photo by Firdevs Latif

“But in Keramat, there are gray and black areas for the coalition, mostly made up of low-income groups and retirees,” he said, referring to the color scheme that represents a particular region’s attitude towards the island. least suitable.

However, Juwairiya said he received valuable help from unity pact partner Barış Nasional to reach voters in these more difficult areas.

In the continuation of Keramat, Malay Post I spoke to two residents waiting for deliveries in low-cost apartments about 3km from Melawati.

Zaini Anuar and Aini Talib, both 50, said they had supporters from both camps in their flats.

Hafizan Hassan, 37, said she is still weighing how she will vote tomorrow. — Photo by Firdevs Latif

“I think the residents of this apartment are pretty divided, as those in the front blocks support PH while those in the back blocks support PN. Vote,” Aini said. Malay Post.

Another voter, 37-year-old Hafizan Hassan, said: Malay Post He was still weighing how to vote tomorrow, but said the eventual winner should serve the constituency in the best way possible and ensure that the bread and butter issues affecting residents are addressed.

“I’m still debating my vote but whoever wins this Saturday must find the best solution to tackle issues like cost of living, especially in an urban area like Gombak,” she said before she went to pick up her child from school. .

More attention has been drawn to Hulu Kelang after Azmin chose to compete here instead of the incumbent Bukit Antarabangsa.

Circles in Melawati show split support into PH and PN as seen on election posters. — Photo by Firdevs Latif

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