Saturday, March 14, 2009

BN names their best fighters for by-elections

The decision to pick the BN candidates were not easy with so many fighters enjoying good service record, but Ismail Saffian, S. Ganesan, Malcolm Mussen were the clear-cut choice based on their experiences and track records.

This pick for the forthcoming by-elections may seem a little unusual, but certainly they are the best.

The trios named are: Umno's Ismail Saffian for Bukit Gantang, MIC's S Ganesan for Bukit Selambau and PRS's Malcolm Mussen for Batang Ai.

Ismail Saffian

Ismail, 49, the former Bukit Gantang Umno division information chief, was chosen because he was a local and accepted by the grassroots and the Bukit Gantang Umno leadership.

The precondition was, however, imposed on Ismail is, he would not contest in the next divisional elections. In last year's divisional elections, Ismail lost to Trong state assemblyman Datuk Rosli Hu-sin in the contest for the Umno division chief post.

Datuk S. Ganesan

Datuk S. Ganesan, 49, Kedah MIC deputy chairman, a former lawyer and former Lunas assemblyman is Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the Bukit Selambau by-election even when more than 50% of the constituents are Malays because BN believe that BN should honour the agreement that has existed between Barisan component parties for over 50 years.

Sarawak Barisan Nasional has picked Malcolm Mussen anak Lamoh of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) to be its candidate for the Batang Ai by-election.

Malcolm Mussen anak Lamoh

Lamoh, a father of three, who turns 50 on April 30, is an engineer with the state Agriculture Department since 1984. Born in Danau, Engkilili, he graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1983 and obtained his Master degree in manufacturing systems engineering from University of Warwick, Coventry, UK in 1998.

Lamoh is the sole candidate recommended by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), a component of the four-member state coalition.

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