‘Don’t play checkers in a game of chess’: Selayang MP defends PKR’s decision to use own logo in Johor polls | Malaysia

Selayang MP William Leong said a “uniformity of appearance” cannot be placed above the party’s need to try to win state elections. ― Photo by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 – Selayang MP William Leong has backed PKR’s decision to run for Johor state elections using his own party’s logo, saying to do otherwise would limit PKR’s ability to deal with the issues he learned about after recent Melaka polls.

In a statement today, the PKR member responded to those who criticized the party for deciding not to use the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition logo instead, saying a “uniformity of appearance” cannot be placed above the party’s need to try to win the state election.

“I call on all parties to remove the stumbling blocks and give PKR the opportunity to give their best in the Johor elections,” he said.

“As an ordinary member of the PKR, I am of the opinion that it is unfair to characterize the Party’s use of its own logo as a break with the PH or as a sign of disunity.

“Requiring PKR to use the PH logo in the post-GE14 (14th General Election) and post-Sheraton Move political environment moves your pieces around like checkers in a game of chess.

“You are hampering the full range of movement of the coins in an effort to maintain the mere appearance of uniformity without addressing the substantive electoral issues,” he added.

Leong added that in a post-mortem after the Melaka state elections last November, the party received comments that some voters thought PKR was not taking part because they could not find its logo on the ballots.

Note that PKR lost the 11 seats it was contesting in Melaka.

“You have to realize that not all voters are well-informed, especially in rural areas where social media coverage of political events is low,” Leong said.

A premature state election was called in Johor last week after goalkeeper Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Hasni Mohammad of Umno called for the state assembly to be dissolved despite still holding a one-seat majority .

The electoral commission is due to meet on February 9 to decide on the nomination and polling dates for Johor.

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