KUALA KANGSAR, May 13 — The Perak Umno has submitted several names to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also Umno president, to be considered as the candidate to be fielded in the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election scheduled for June 18.
Its liaison committee chairman, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, said the candidate must be acceptable and likeable among the voters, besides capable of ensuring victory for Barisan Nasional (BN).
“At this stage, many quarters have given their opinions about their potential candidates, it’s their rights and nothing’s wrong with that. I just want to stress that only winnable candidate will be chosen,” he told reporters after meeting with BN heads of departments and component parties here today.
Zambry, who is also Perak Mentri Besar, also praised the spirit showed by BN component parties to ensure that the Kuala Kangsar seat would remain with BN.
When asked about the by-elections being called during the fasting month, he said it would not affect or cause much problems to the election process, rather than reducing tension among the contesting parties and supporters.
After the 13th general election, the only by-election held during Ramadan was for the Kuala Besut state seat in Terengganu, which was held on July 20, 2013.
The Election Commission (EC) today announced that the by-elections for the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar (Selangor) parliamentary seats would be held simultaneously on June 18, while nomination day was set on June 5.
The two seats fell vacant following the death of incumbents Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad and Datuk Noriah Kasnon, who was also Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister, in a helicopter crash in Sarawak on May 5. — Bernama