Thursday, 19 March 2009

Mahdzir: No 'extra' candidate

SUNGAI PETANI: State Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has rubbished claims that the ruling coalition will field an independent candidate to ensure it wins the Bukit Selambau by-election.
Mahdzir also dismissed claims that Husaini Yaacob, one of eight independent candidates who have expressed interest to contest, was Umno's "back-up" candidate."Husaini? Who?"Husaini, 47, who is Kemelong Holdings managing director, yesterday announced his interest to contest as an independent. "I would like to stress that BN will never betray its component parties or Kedah MIC deputy chairman Datuk S. Ganesan, who is our candidate for the seat.
"BN will support Datuk Ganesan and there is no need to field a back-up candidate as a contingency plan to ensure our victory," he said after chairing the state BN meeting here yesterday.Others who have expressed interest to contest as independents are G. Sarala, R. Loganathan, Datuk Thaslem Mohd Ibrahim, T. Chandarajan, M. Vaneson, Tan Hock Huat and former Parti Keadilan Rakyat member Mohamad Radzuan Mat Isa. Asked if he was confident that BN would wrest the seat if there were many independents, Mahdzir replied: "Yes, I am confident. "It has been almost a year since the opposition administered the state."I believe the people, including members and supporters of BN, are mature in assessing the Pas-led state government's performance.The Bukit Selambau seat fell vacant after PKR's V. Arumugam resigned both his state executive councillor's post and as assemblyman on Feb 9.
(Taken from NSTP Online)

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