PKR to announce Seri Setia by-election candidate tomorrow - Source

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: PKR is expected to announce its candidate, to be fielded for the Seri Setia state constituency by-election, tomorrow.

A party insider said the announcement will be made in Petaling Jaya.

“We are waiting for PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to return from an overseas trip. The announcement is scheduled to be made by party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail,” said the source.

The source added that Selangor PKR has eight names to be deliberated by the party’s top leadership.

The names comprised of local and national PKR leaders, who are both old and new faces.

Among those said to made the list are; Selangor Economic Adviser chief executive officer Dr Fahmi Ngah, former Kota Anggerik assemblyman Dr Yaakob Sapari, former Kota Damansara constituency coordinator Radzlan Jalaluddin, former Petaling Jaya City councillor Halimey Abu Bakar and Subang Jaya Municipal councillor Mohd Saifullah Mohd Zulkifli.

Sources said Halimey, 46, is among those being considered to contest for the seat, which was declared vacant following the death of its assemblyman, Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin on Aug 2.

“Halimey is one of those who topped the list. He has been with PKR since 1998 and was active in the Youth wing, even helmed the Selangor chapter from 2006 to 2009.

“Halimey was also PKR Kelana Jaya information chief in 2015. He made significant contributions as a local councillor while in MBPJ.

“Dr Fahmi and Saifullah are believed to have not made it to the candidacy list. But, there are a lot of possibilities. Let’s just wait for the official announcement,” said the source.

Meanwhile, Halimey said he would let the party’s top leadership decide if he is the most suitable candidate to go up against Pas in the by-election.

“As for now, I am unsure if I am nominated. I leave it up to the top leaders and I will accept whatever decision made for the sake of the party. Even if I am not in the list, I will still continue to help in the campaign trail,” he said.

Radzlan said he would also let the party decide if he is the one to contest in Seri Setia.

“Whatever the party’s decision and instructions, I will respect and abide by it. If I am picked, I am ready,” he added.

The Election Commission (EC) announced that nomination for Seri Setia will take place on Aug 18 and polling is set for Sept 8 following a 21-day campaign period. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd