BENTONG: An independent candidate showed up for a three-cornered fight for the Mentakab state seat, throwing a surprise during nomination day at the Temerloh parliamentary constituency.
Mohd Shokri, 47, claimed to be a full-time politician and vowed to fight for more democratic rights for Mentakab voters.
Incumbent Chuah Boon Seong from Barisan Nasional is defending the seat while the third contender is old-timer Ng Kwi Liang from DAP, who is contesting for a record seventh time.
The parliamentary seat saw a straight fight between Youth leader Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah on a Barisan ticket against Parti Keadilan Rakyats Ahmad Nizam Hamid.
This is Saifuddins first contest after the incumbent Datuk Mohd Sarit Yusoh was dropped.
Another first-timer, Barisans Khairuddin Abd Manan, will go up against Syed Hamid Syed Mohamed from PAS in the Kuala Semantan state seat.