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PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional will field a candidate to contest the Kajang state seat by-election, said the coalition’s deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“This state constituency is an MCA area. If the Election Commission (EC) makes the announcement, we will decide how to face the by-election.
“Whatever it is, we will make the final decision after the EC’s announcement. I cannot pre-empt the EC,” he told a press conference after the Education Ministry’s Annual New Year Address 2014 yesterday.
In the general election last May, PKR Lee Chin Cheh won the Kajang state seat with a 6,834-vote majority in a six-cornered fight involving BN, Berjasa and three independent candidates.
When asked to comment on the possibility that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was contesting in the by-election merely to take over the post of Selangor mentri besar, Muhyiddin said, “I don’t know.
“I will not comment on rumours. I don’t know what his objective is in contesting, maybe he merely wants to be a state assemblyman.”
Lee resigned at 3pm on Monday, leading to speculation that this was part of a plan to enable Anwar to take over as Selangor mentri besar.
Muhyiddin who is also Deputy Prime Minister said Selangor was going through a tumultuous political period over the past few months, when the PKR leaders were seen to be quarrelling among themselves without showing any sign of consensus among themselves.
He said they issued statements which were contradictory regarding various issues, neglecting their responsibility in leading the state, besides ignoring various issues that cropped up due to the conflicts among themselves.
“I don’t know whether this is the real picture, that it could lead to a by-election soon, but to me, it is a cue for the people of Selangor to realise that the PKR struggles actually revolves around personal matters instead of struggling for the people,” he said.
In a related development, Selangor Umno deputy chief Datuk Abdul Shukur Idrus said he believed Khalid would remain as mentri besar.
Although there’s no written law, by convention only a Selangor born person becomes the state’s mentri besar,’’ said Abdul Shukur.
This, he said, disqualified Anwar who was born in Penang, and party deputy president Azmin Ali, who was born in Singapore, from holding the position.
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