RAWANG: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has given a strong indication that Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the upcoming Hulu Selangor by-election will most possibly be a local resident.
Muhyiddin, who is also Barisan’s election director, said the ruling coalition had identified the potential candidates to be fielded for the by-election.
“Barisan president will choose one of them after taking into consideration information and feedback from various sources.
"We have identified the suitable potential candidates who is accepted, who can ensure a victory for us.
“Just like the previous by-election in Bagan Pinang, we took into consideration from various sources and eventually chose the best candidate,” he told reporters after the launch grants for private pre-school operators Bandar Sungai Buaya near here on Monday.
Similarly, he said in Hulu Selangor, Barisan had input from various sources and knew the needs of the voters.
“Many people gave input. We don’t take from one source only. Within a few weeks Datuk Seri Noh Omar (Hulu Selangor BN election director) had been on the ground and obtained feedback.
“We will use the facts about the candidate that the people want, one who is capable of carrying out duties entrusted as a wakil rakyat, one without scandal, one who possess a high educational qualification, one who is able to work with grassroots leaders and one who is able to implement socio-economic development programmes in the constituency.
“Insyaallah, it will be a local candidate lah,” he added.
He said Barisan was close to shortlisting the candidate and would announce the candidate on April 15.
MIC deputy president Datuk G Palanivel, is the sole candidate nominated by MIC and is expected to be fielded again by the coalition.
However, two other names - MIC Youth deputy chief V Mugilan and MIC information chief P Kamalanathan - have cropped up as possible candidates.
The Hulu Selangor by-election was called following the death of PKR’s Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad.
In the 2008 general election, Zainal defeated Palanivel with a slim majority of 198 votes.
PKR which has shortlisted five names will announce Pakatan Rakyat candidate on Tuesday.