Monday, March 23, 2009

Deposed Perak MB Nizar to contest for Pas

Former Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has been chosen as the PAS candidate for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary by-election on 7 April.

Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang made the announcement this evening at a ceramah in Simpang, near Taiping.

However, it is reported that Nizar’s candidacy is opposed by Nik Aziz as he should focus on getting back his deposed Perak state government.

To political analysis the political landscape in Perak is changing drastically under new Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as the people had been upset with the PAS leadership for being the DAP's stooge.

Mohammad Nizar, who is Perak PAS deputy commissioner, is also the Pasir Panjang state assemblyperson. He is one of four potential candidates considered for the seat.

He was chosen as Perak Menteri Besar after the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition wrested the state from the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 8 March 2008 general election.

Nizar, 52, is also the deputy PAS commissioner of Perak a and state assemblyman for Pasir Panjang.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) has named Ismail Saffian, 49, the former Bukit Gantang Umno information chief, as its candidate for the by-election.

The by-election is necessitated by the death of its Member of Parliament Roslan Shahrom of PAS on Feb 9. In the general election held in March last year, Roslan defeated the BN's Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi Roslan by a majority of 1,566 votes while an independent candidate, M. Mogan, secured only 882 votes and lost his deposit.

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