In Pahang, 16 new faces will be joining the race in the May 9 polls
By AZREEN HANI / Pic By TMR
Barisan Nasional (BN) completed its candidacy list for the 14th General Election (GE14) with the announcement of nominees for Pahang, Sabah and Perlis yesterday.
The candidate line-ups were announced by the party’s state chairmen respectively.
In Pahang, Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob introduced 16 new faces who would be joining the race in the May 9 polls.
The newbies include Datuk Andrew Wong Kean Hwee, the contender for the Kuantan parliamentary seat, as well as Pahang Umno Youth chief Mohd Shahar Abdullah who is vying for the Paya Besar parliamentary seat.
The Pahang team BN is led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak, who will be defending his seat in Pekan.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Adnan had declared that this would be his last election, saying that he is ready to retire “when the time comes”.
In the north, Perlis BN unveiled 10 new candidates out of the total 18 nominees for GE14.
At the announcement of Perlis candidates, the state’s BN chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim introduced newcomer Ramli Shariff as a contender for the Kangar parliamentary seat. The remaining two parliamentary seats, Arau and Padang Besar, would be contested by incumbents Shahidan and Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin respectively.
In Sabah, one of the hottest states for GE14, BN is fielding all of the heads in its component parties to defend their seats with the exception of Pensiangan incumbent Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, who is expected to vacate his position to make way for his son, Arthur Joseph Kurup, to defend the seat.
Sabah BN is also fielding six new faces for parliamentary seats, as well as 16 new faces for state seats, while reintroducing four comeback candidates in the upcoming polls with seven switching seats.
The line-up for Sabah also includes 10 women candidates out of the 25 parliamentary and 60 state seats.
Incumbent Cabinet Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau is expected to defend the Tuaran parliamentary seat, while Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, and Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili would contest in their respective Kimanis and Kota Marudu seats.
Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities
Minister Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur, and Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching are expected to defend their respective Papar, Beaufort, Silam and Tawau parliamentary seats.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak would be contesting in Kota Belud, while incumbent Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan is moved to contest in Sepanggar.