Nobody asked me about 1MDB, says Sungai Besar BN candidate
KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Budiman Mohd Zohdi said he did not face any questions about the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy during campaigning for the Sungai Besar by-election.
Speaking to Berita Harian in an interview, Budiman said the voters in the Selangor federal constituency preferred to talk about local issues.
“Throughout my campaign, the voters did not ask me about this issue. I see they were more comfortable focusing on local issues and how to improve their living standards, along with the local economy,” he told the local Malay daily.
The BN candidate was also quoted as saying that he had an advantage over his rival from Amanah with federal government backing, even though the Selangor state government is led by Amanah’s Pakatan Harapan allies—PKR and the DAP—and PAS.
“What can Amanah offer the voters? They have no one in the Selangor administration and nobody is an exco. Unlike PH, we are the federal government,” Budiman said.
1MDB is currently under investigation by Malaysian authorities along with several countries such as Singapore and Switzerland for money laundering.
The Sungai Besar by-election is a three-way fight among BN’s Budiman, PAS’s Dr Abdul Rani Osman and Amanah’s Azhar Shukur. Polling day is set on June 18, the same day as the Kuala Kangsar by-election.