IN a bid to ensure the votes are contained within the opposition bloc, Umno and Pas have agreed to put up only one candidate in the Sungai Kandis by-election.
Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, who are secretaries-general for Umno and Pas respectively, acknowledged a “cooperation” between the two parties.
Takiyuddin said based on results of the the 14th General Election (GE14), it was better for only one opposition party to contest in Selangor.
Since Barisan Nasional can place a winnable candidate, he said Pas had agreed to step back.
He said it was vital that an opposition party won this by-election as the state government now was ruled by Pakatan Harapan assemblymen.
“Pakatan Harapan has 51 seats in the government now while five are held by the opposition, of which four are Umno and one Pas. If Sungai Kandis is given to an opposition party, this will increase the number of opposition members in the state assembly, creating some checks and balances.
“A good government is always one that has a balanced number of representatives,” he told the New Straits Times in Parliament yesterday.
Annuar said Umno would announce its candidate today at the Umno Kota Raja division office. He added that it would most likely be a local candidate.
With no communication between the BN component parties, namely MCA and MIC, Umno is likely to break from tradition and go into the polls alone.
Nomination is set for tomorrow and polling is on Aug 4.
The Sungai Kandis seat was left vacant following the death of Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei on July 2 due to lymphoma. At GE14, Shuhaimi got more votes than the Umno and Pas candidates combined.
The former political secretary of former Selangor menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali garnered 23,998 votes, defeating Umno’s Datuk Kamaruzzaman Johari (11,518 votes), Pas’ Mohd Yusof Abdullah (7,573 votes) and Parti Rakyat Malaysia’s Hanafiah Husin (76 votes).
Pakatan Harapan, meanwhile, has yet to reveal their PKR candidate. Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari, however, was quoted as saying that the candidate was unanimously endorsed by everyone who attended a PKR political bureau meeting on Tuesday night. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd