JOHOR BARU, April 24 — PKR has finally decided on their Johor candidates for the 14th general election (GE14), after the list was delayed by party factionalism.
Topping the list of eight federal and 12 state seats is Johor PKR chief Hassan Abdul Karim who was named as the party’s candidate for the Pasir Gudang parliamentary seat.
The 67-year-old lawyer will go up against caretaker Johor mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, who is also the state’s Barisan Nasional (BN) chief.
Both the BN and Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidates will also face PAS hopeful Ab Aziz Abdullah in a three-cornered contest for the seat.
The list also saw PKR’s Datuk Seri Dr Edmund Santhara named as the party’s candidate for the Segamat parliamentary seat.
The 47-year-old former Masterskill Education Group Bhd chief executive officer is set to lock horns with BN candidate and MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, who is also the seat’s incumbent.
PAS candidate Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamil will make the seat at least a three-cornered contest.
Next on the list was caretaker Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Rashid Hasnon, who will contest the Batu Pahat parliamentary seat.
The 58-year-old Johor native, who is also the incumbent Pantai Jerejak assemblyman, will make his parliamentary contest debut in Johor.
Rashid, who is also the Penang PKR deputy chief, must tangle with Umno’s Harliza Abdullah and PAS Ulama chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed in a three-way.
Another name sighted in the list for Johor PKR’s parliamentary candidates is Akmal Nasrullah Nasir, 32, who will challenge BN stalwart Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, 68, for the Johor Baru federal seat.
PKR’s vocal division chief Steven Choong will contest Tebrau and its national information chief Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh will contest the Ledang seat. The others being fielded were Natrah Ismail (Sekijang), and Onn Abu Bakar (Sembrong).
On the state seats, Johor PKR deputy chief Jimmy Puah Wee Tse will defend his Bukit Batu state seat where he is also the incumbent.
Others named were Johor PKR vice-chief Rony Murugan (Layang-Layang), Johor PKR Wanita chief Rahamizon Abdul Ghani (Tenggaroh), R. Gopalakrishnan (Tiram), Dr Zamil Najwah Arbain (Tanjung Surat), Nor Ashidah Ibrahim (Johor Lama), Abdul Razak Esa (Sedili), Malik Faishal Ahmad (Rengit), Khuzzan Abu Bakar (Semerah), Naim Jusri (Sungai Balang), Mohd Faizal Mohd Yusak (Bukit Nanning) and Dr Chong Fat Full (Pemanis).
The Johor PKR list was part of the Peninsular Malaysia list, released via a draft statement signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and dated yesterday.