Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Three-cornered fight in Kuala Terengganu by-election

The battle begins.

The Kuala Terengganu by-election on Jan 17 will be a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional's Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh, PAS's Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut and Independent candidate Azharuddin Mamat.

Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut (left), Wan Ahmad Farid (center), Azharuddin Mamat (right)

Former Senator Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh, 46, is a former political secretary to the prime minister and deputy home minister. He has been the Kuala Terengganu Umno division head for two terms and Umno deputy president.

Five-term Wakaf Mempelam assemblyman Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut, 52, a state executive councilor in charge of entrepreneur development and youths when PAS ruled Terengganu from 1999 to 2003. He is also Terengganu PAS treasurer and the party's Kuala Terengganu chief. He holds a degree in marine science and fisheries from Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Independent candidate businessman Azharudin Mamat @ Adam, 56, of Kampung Ladang claims he is not a member of any political party and is contesting because he wanted to help the poor. He had never contested in any elections before and he is participating using his own funds.

Nominations were held at the Stadium Negeri in Jalan Sultan Mahmud and closed at 10 am. During the objection from 10 am to 11 am, four objections were filed.

However at about 11.30 am returning officer Mat Razali Kassim said that the objections were rejected and confirmed the three-cornered fight.

The by-election, to be held after 11 days of campaigning, follows the sudden death of BN representative Razali Ismail on Nov 28.

There seems to be a great fight and the fight
seems to be between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat.

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