KOTA BHARU, Nov 17 – PAS will give its support to former Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan should another by-election be held in Rantau.
The party’s secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the support for Mohamad who is Umno deputy president would be either in the form of votes or machinery.
“PAS has decided to support Mohamad in his efforts to defend the Rantau state seat if the Election Commission (EC) announces a by-election.
“If he (Mohamad) needs our machinery, we will send the group there,” said Takiyuddin to NSTP today.
Takiyuddin who is also Kota Baru MP said PAS would not contest the state seat and would give way to Umno.
Saying that Rantau is known as Mohamad’s seat, Takiyuddin said that was also the reason why the Islamist party did not field a candidate in Rantau in the 14th General Election (GE14).
Takiyuddin was commenting on a decision by the Special Election Court yesterday in which Mohamad’s unopposed victory for the Rantau state seat in GE14 was declared null and void.
This means a by-election could be held in Rantau.
The ruling was handed down by the Special Election Court in Seremban after judge Datuk Azimah Omar heard arguments from the petitioner, Dr S. Streram’s lawyers, as well as lawyers of Mohamad, who is the first respondent, over 12 days.
Streram, filed a petition on May 23, naming Mohamad, also known as Tok Mat, as the first respondent, Election Commission (EC) returning officer Amino Agus as the second respondent, and the commission itself as the third respondent.
Mohamad won the seat unopposed after Amino allegedly refused to allow Dr Streram into the nomination centre on April 28 because he did not have a valid pass issued by the EC.
Mohamad has 14 days to file an appeal. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd