Kajang by-election: Sleepy town wakes up to noisy nomination day

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  • Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014

BANGI: The sleepy town of Bandar Baru Bangi woke up to a massive traffic jam and sirens of police cars blaring a few hours before the Kajang by-election nomination, Tuesday.

The supporters of Pakatan Rakyat, whom some have arrived as early as 5am, were seen donning blue coloured PKR t-shirts and waving the flags of the political party contesting.

At 8am sharp, hundreds of PKR supporters have marched to Kajang Municipal Council Sports Complex, which was about a kilometre away.

PKR supporters at the ready 

The crowd, which was chanting "reformasi" was led by PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and Sri Andalas assemblyman Dr Xavier Jeyakumar under the watchful eye of the police and the Light Strike Force unit.

PKR is fielding its president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in the Kajang state seat, replacing its de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who lost the eligibility to contest due to his conviction of sodomy charges by the Court of Appeal last Friday.

PKR's candidate Dr Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail arrived at the nomination centre, accompanied by her husband, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Also present were Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

Meanwhile, Barisan Nasional's candidate is Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun of MCA.

Kajang state seat fell vacant after an abrupt resignation of PKR assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh, a move seen to pave way for Anwar to become the Selangor assemblyman to resolve the internal feud in the state.

But the plan was derailed due to Anwar's conviction.

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