Three-way fight for Mentakab


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 Rakyat’s Ahmad Nizam Hamid.

This is Saifuddin’s first contest after the incumbent Datuk Mohd Sarit Yusoh was dropped.

Another first-timer, Barisan’s Khairuddin Abd Manan, will go up against Syed Hamid Syed Mohamed from PAS in the Kuala Semantan state seat.

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