TELUK INTAN: Barisan Nasional is fielding Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong in the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to announce his candidacy here today.
Born and bred here, the 53-year-old Mah, who has a Bachelor of Law degree, was the Teluk Intan MP for two terms before losing the seat to DAP in the 2008 general election.
DAP retained the seat in the general election last year after Seah Leong Peng beat Mah and independent candidate K. Moralingam with a 7,313 majority.
The seat fell vacant after Seah, 48, succumbed to cancer on May 1.
Mah had earlier indicated that he was interested to contest again, pending a final decision from the Prime Minister and Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Nomination is set on May 19 and polling on May 31.
Of some 60,000 voters in the constituency, 41% are Chinese, 38% are Malays and 19% are Indians.
Meanwhile, DAP looks set to field 27-year-old Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud for the seat, and party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng will announce her candidacy here this afternoon.
Dyana, who is DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang’s political secretary, is believed to have been picked over the other shortlisted candidate Hew Kuan Yau, also known as Superman.
In George Town, acting national DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai admitted that the Teluk Intan by-election would be an uphill battle for the party.