GEORGE TOWN: PAS leader Moha- mad Sabu paid an unannounced courtesy call on Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, sparking talk that he could fielded as the party’s candidate in Permatang Pasir.
The former Kuala Kedah MP, who was born in Bukit Mertajam, mingled with other Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen during coffee break at the state legislative building yesterday.
It is learnt that Mohamad, better known as Mat Sabu, is one of five people shortlisted by PAS to contest the by-election.
According to party insiders, the others in the running are state PAS commissioner Mohd Salleh Man, state deputy commissioner (III) Rosidi Husain, state Youth head Yusni Mohd Piah and Shamsul Kamal Sahpie, the personal officer of the late Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman.
Mohd Hamdan, a three-term Permatang Pasir assemblyman, died on July 31 after an illness.
Lim, who is DAP secretary-general, said he expected the Permatang Pasir by-election to be a “very tough battle” for Pakatan Rakyat despite PAS’ confidence in winning it hands down, adding that there was a 50-50 chance of PAS retaining the seat.
PAS will name its candidate for the seat on Friday, said the party’s secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali.
“We only choose a candidate who has a high chance of winning. Although Permatang Pasir is our stronghold, we do not want to be complacent,” he said in an interview.
Polling for Permatang Pasir has been fixed on Aug 25, and nomination on Nov 17.