With less than 48 hours to go before polling for the Port Dickson by-election kicks off, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan claims he has a “secret strategy” up his sleeves. (NSTP Archive)

PORT DICKSON: With less than 48 hours to go before polling for the Port Dickson by-election kicks off, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan claims he has a “secret strategy” up his sleeves.

“I have my own secret last minute strategy but it will not involve me bringing up the sodomy case," Mohd Saiful, who is one of the independent candidates contesting for the Port Dickson by-election, said in an interview with NSTP today.

He however did not elaborate further on what the strategy was.

Meanwhile, asked on the likelihood of him using his sodomy case against fellow Port Dickson by-election contender Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, as a last minute campaign material, Mohd Saiful reaffirmed his pledge to stay away from 'Sodomy 2', saying he wants to keep the past behind him.

He was referring to the trial in which he had accused Anwar of sodomising him.

The PKR president-elect was convicted of the charge and was sentenced to prison but was granted a royal pardon recently, allowing him to contest in the by election.

“If anything does come up, it is out of my hands because these things are spread by our enemies to make them look like it is our doing. I can however guarantee that we will not be involved,” said the independent candidate.

Earlier, Mohd Saiful who had pledged that it would be a gentlemanly race with Anwar, stated he was indeed sodomised, in a public reply to a Port Dickson constituent’s question.

Mohd Saiful who emerged as a surprise contestant in the by-election urged registered voters, especially those based outside Port Dickson and were planning to sit out the polls, to rethink their decision.

“They should come back to vote to send a strong signal that they don’t want to see any more forced by-elections.

“In the future, they will think again before engineering another by-election. We need to put an end to the ‘moves',” he said, referring to the Port Dickson by-election which was necessitated following the resignation of its incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah in an attempt to return Anwar to Parliament.

This is the third such by-election orchestrated by PKR to pave Anwar's path back to Parliament.

“If we allow them to succeed this time there will be more by-elections to manipulate and undermine our democratic right,” added Mohd Saiful.

Coy on his chances at the polls, Mohd Saiful however predicted that the turnout would be between 48 to 52 per cent.

The possibility of a low turnout has caused much concern for PKR as they hope to attain a big majority for Anwar who is expected to succeed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister.

Mohd Saiful is engaged in a seven way fight with Anwar who is Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate as well as former Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad.

Others in the race are PAS' Mohd Nazari Mokhtar and three other independent candidates; Stevie Chan Keng Leong, Lau Seck Yan and Kan Chee Yuen.

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