IPOH: The Parit parliamentary constituency will be contested by a local candidate in the general election, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali.
“Residents have said that Barisan Nasional lost the seat in the last general election as it had fielded an outsider.
“Therefore, we will send a local candidate this time,” he told reporters after opening the Perak Village Heads Association annual general meeting yesterday.
(In the last election, former Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs minister Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayob lost in Parit to Mat Basir Rahmat from PAS.)
Tajol Rosli, who is Perak Umno chief, said party leaders should accept whoever was nominated by the Barisan to contest in the state.
He said the people’s support and acceptance would ensure a big victory for Barisan in Perak.
When asked about the possibility of nominating (Education Minister) Tan Sri Musa Mohamad, (Minister in Prime Minister’s Department) Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin and (Deputy Education Minister) Datuk Abdul Aziz Samsuddin for Perak seats, Tajol Rosli said the decision was with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He, however, hoped that there would be no major changes to the present line-up as most of the incumbents were competent.
“There will not be any changes in Bagan Datoh, of which Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is currently MP,” he said when asked about the prospects of a change in the constituency.
Earlier, Tajol Rosli handed out approval letters to 11 village heads in the state to carry out mosque and surau restoration projects worth a total of RM7.32mil.
He said the Prime Minister’s Department had approved 168 projects related to religious matters worth RM24mil between January and November.
A total of 87 such projects worth RM15.44mil were approved last year, he added.