Former Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad has refuted allegations by some quarters claiming his involvement as an independent candidate in the Port Dickson (PD) parliamentary by-election is to represent Umno.
Mohd Isa, who was also the former chairman of the Federal Land Development Authority, stressed that his decision to contest is due to Umno’s boycott of the by-election and the party’s objection over the fact that the parliamentary seat was deliberately vacated.
“If there are any parties claiming that I am contesting as an Umno agent, I deny that. What is the point for me to contest as an Umno agent…I think that is not right. I have no reason to be an Umno agent,” he told reporters yesterday.
Mohd Isa announced his resignation from Umno on Sept 27, two days before the nomination day for PD’s parliamentary by-election.
The PD parliamentary by-election this Saturday will witness a seven-cornered fight involving Mohd Isa, Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PAS candidate Lt Col (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar and four independent candidates including Anwar’s former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
The PD seat was vacated by Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah of PKR to enable Anwar to contest and become an MP.
The parliamentary constituency, a PKR stronghold since 2008, has five state constituencies within it — Chuah and Lukut, held by DAP; Bagan Pinang and Linggi, held by Barisan Nasional; and Sri Tanjung, held by PKR.
The constituency has 75,770 registered voters, comprising 43% Malays, 33% Chinese, 22% Indians and 2% others.
Early voting was held on Tuesday from 8am till 5.30pm.Ninety percent of early voters had cast their ballots during the 14th General Election, compared to Tuesday’s 63%, a decline of 27%. — Bernama