KUANTAN: At least three candidates have been shortlisted by PAS to contest in the coming Rompin parliamentary by-election.
Sources said one of the candidates was PAS Muslimat leader Nuridah Mohd Salleh, who stood in the same seat during the last general election in May 2013 but lost.
The other two were said to be Pahang PAS Youth chief Nazri Ahmad and lawyer politician Mohd Fadzli Mohd Ramly.
Pahang PAS commissioner Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man confirmed that a woman was on the list with at least two others.
Tuan Ibrahim said the list had been submitted to the central leadership early this week for a decision.
The name of the candidate will be announced during a ceramah in Rompin on April 20.
A source said the names have been shortlisted very much earlier and given to the party’s headquarters as potential candidates to contest in the next general election.
“We are fully prepared to activate the party’s machinery for the by-election.
“Talks that PAS is opting out is mere speculation by certain quarters to create confusion,” he said.
The division’s members were also looking forward to fight it out in a gentleman and orderly manner, added the source.
The parliamentary seat fell vacant after incumbent Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed in a helicopter crash along with five other people on April 4 near Semenyih.
Nomination for the by-election has been set for April 22 and polling on May 5.
Meanwhile, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob had urged PAS not to contest as a mark of respect for the late Dr Jamaluddin.
Adnan pointed out that Barisan Nasional had opted to stay out of the Chempaka state by-election after the demise of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
“It would be a very nice gesture and I welcome it but in a democracy, we cannot stop independent candidates from coming in.
“If there is no contest, we can save time, money and energy and focus more on looking after the welfare of the people,” he said.
Barisan is expected to field Rompin Umno division acting chief Datuk Hasan Arifin to contest the seat.
Adnan said Pahang Umno fully support a decision by the Rompin Umno division that the contesting candidate should be a local.
“It is a good and fair suggestion. We are confident that the party central leadership will take this into account,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be announcing the candidate on April 18 during his working visit to Rompin.