New face to contest for PKR in Merbok

The battle for the Merbok parliamentary seat in the 13th general election will see a local woman entering the fray.

A first-time candidate for PKR, Nurin Aina Azrina Abdullah, 38, has vowed to serve Merbok’s locals the best she can.

“It is a heavy responsibility. I offer myself to help Malaysians,” she told reporters at her operations centre in Bandar Laguna Merbok in Kedah.

Also present were PKR vice-president and former Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh who endorsed her candidacy.

Nurin, a civil engineer by profession, was first announced as PKR’s Merbok candidate by PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim earlier this month.

A Sungai Petani municipal councillor since 2010, she was Kedah PKR Wanita deputy chief in 2007 and promoted to PKR Wanita executive council member in 2010.

She will replace the incumbent PKR’s Datuk Rashid Din, who won the seat in 2008 with a 3,098-vote majority.

Asked what she would do if elected, Nurin said she would reveal more in her personal manifesto after nomination day on Saturday.

Merbok was once held by former Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin who defeated PKR’s Saiful Izham Ramli with a 15,162-vote majority in 2004.

In 2008, Merbok had a total voter base of 64,443.

According to Election Commission records, it now has 86,065 voters, a 21,622 increase.

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