KUANTAN: Umno has 14 new faces, the MCA two and Gerakan one in the Barisan Nasional line-up for Pahang in the general election, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said.
In unveiling the Umno line-up, he also disclosed that the candidate for the Pelangai seat had been intentionally left blank for the consideration of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He (Abdullah) wrote the name Adnan Yaakob in the space provided and thats why I am here to announce the list. This list is final and no appeal by any quarters will be entertained, he told a packed audience at his official residence here yesterday.
Speculation that Adnan was moving to the federal level and would contest a parliamentary seat has thus proved to be unfounded, and he is set to lead the state for a third term as Mentri Besar.
Only two of Umnos 14 incumbent MPs were dropped, namely, Datuk Mohd Sarit Yusoh (Temerloh) and Datuk Wan Adnan Wan Mamat (Indera Mahkota).
Saifuddin Abdullah has been named for Temerloh and Salamon Ali Rizal Abdul Rahman for Indera Mahkota.
Wan Adnan, who is the Kuantan Umno division chief, has been given the Tanjung Lumpur state seat to contest.
Panching assemblyman Datuk Abdul Manan Ismail was moved to the Paya Besar parliamentary seat, in place of former National Unity and Social Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman who has been dropped.
Adnan said Kuala Sentul assemblywoman Datuk Rosni Zahari would be replaced by Maran Puteri Umno chief Datuk Shahaniza Shamsuddin.
We found that only two women candidates were suitable to be included this time, he said, adding that state Wanita Umno chief Datuk Maznah Mazlan would defend her seat in Muadzam Shah.
Adnan said he only met Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for three minutes to show him the list, and Abdullah for 30 minutes. Both gave their endorsement.
Pahang Barisan has a good team and we are confident of a good showing in the polls, he said, adding that the coalitions aim was not just a win but to secure a higher majority.
I must admit some seats are volatile but by working hard and with good cooperation among all component parties, we will be victorious.
Adnan said he did not have the heart to personally inform those who were dropped but was confident they would still support, and campaign for, the Barisan.
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