Spotlight on Mat Sabu after surprise visit

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009

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 short-listed 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.

The by-election is the third in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency since last year’s general election.

Meanwhile, Lim, who is also 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.

Lim said there was a 50-50 chance of PAS retaining the seat.

“The PAS leadership took a good look at their past actions and does not think that it will be an easy fight,” Lim said.

“Barisan Nasional will not stop at anything to win and we can expect the same thing to happen in Permatang Pasir. We need PAS to start rallying around Pakatan if they want to win,” he added.

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