GE15: ‘Giant killer’ Man Marang, who beat Hadi twice, fully backs Barisan’s candidate

GE15: ‘Giant killer’ Man Marang, who beat Hadi twice, fully backs Barisan’s candidate

KUALA TERENGGANU: He is known as the “giant killer” for his record of beating PAS leader Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang not once but twice, and Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar waited 15 years for another opportunity to repeat his feat.

Unfortunately, his name was dropped from the Umno candidates’ list for Marang, Terengganu, in the 15th General Election (GE15).

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“Of course, I felt disheartened but I didn’t run from my party, I remained loyal,” he said when contacted Monday (Nov 7).

Abdul Rahman, who is better known as “Man Marang”, first won the seat in 1986, defeating Abdul Hadi by 639 votes.

Abdul Hadi recaptured it in 1990 by just 161 votes and held it for three terms, again losing to Abdul Rahman in 2004 by 163 votes.

Abdul Rahman said he had held several key positions in Umno, was an MP and also a deputy deputy minister when he was first dropped as a candidate in 2008.

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“I then waited for 2013 but Barisan Nasional fielded Datuk Yahya Khatib Mohamad, who lost. I remained loyal and waited again until 2018,” he said, adding that another candidate was nominated and lost to Abdul Hadi.

Abdul Rahman, however, supports newcomer Jasmira Othman, whom he said would have to work hard to defeat Abdul Hadi.

“He is a newcomer. He needs to work hard to win. He needs to meet with as many voters as possible.

“In those days Marang had about 131,000 registered voters so he needs to meet at least 70,000 of them in these two weeks (campaigning period).

“I hope he can emerge victorious but he has a difficult path,” he said.

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Asked what his “secret weapon” was in defeating Abdul Hadi, Abdul Rahman said he was gifted with excellent debating skills, which he fully utilised to explain to the people Barisan’s fight and policy as well as PAS’ weaknesses.

Abdul Rahman said he has no enemies and always strives to help the people no matter how much or how little he has.

“I never disappoint those who place their hope in me, I tell them if I can’t give them a lot (of money), I give them what I can to pay their bills.

“I don’t ask who they support, I help them no matter what,” he said.

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