Yesterday, 27 February, Puchong UMNO chief Datuk Mohammed Satim Diman claimed that the deaths of Pakatan Harapan elected representatives are a sign from God
Satim was referring to the by-elections held in recent months, following the deaths of a few government representatives
"Why are there so many by-elections? Because the incumbents passed away... Where are they from? Harapan," the UMNO chief said.
"They are not from BN. Are there any BN elected representatives who have passed away?" Satim added.
He went on to claim that voters have not been taking signs from God following the losses suffered by BN in the Sungai Kandis, Seri Setia, and Balakong by-elections.
"Allah said... If (people) don't understand, then I give you Semenyih... I'll cause a death here," Satim said, according to Malaysiakini.
"If (people) still cannot understand this, I don't know what to say," he added.
Political secretary to the Selangor Menteri Besar Borhan Aman Shah has since called Satim out for his remarks, and urged the latter to issue an apology
Sin Chew Daily reported Borhan as saying today that Satim's remarks have hurt the families of the late politicians.
"I urge Satim to take back his words and apologise to those families," Borhan said, according to Utusan Online.
The four Pakatan Harapan elected representatives who have passed away are:
- Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei (Sungai Kandis),
- Eddie Ng (Balakong),
- Dr. Shaharuddin Badaruddin (Seri Setia), and
- Bakhtiar Mohd Nor (Semenyih).
Last year, UMNO secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa called the by-elections triggered by the deaths of MPs a "God's gift":