BANGI: The Kajang by-election will see a straight fight between Barisan Nasional candidate Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and PKR candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
This was announced by Election Commission returning officer Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abdul Rahman, about an hour after the two leaders filed their nomination papers on Tuesday.
"EC has received nomination papers from two candidates, they are Chew Mei Fun on 9.07am and Wan Azizah at 9.10am. Nominations were closed at 10am.
"It is now confirmed that these are the candidates for N25 Kajang. The early voting will take place on March 19 and the normal voting will be on March 23," he said.
Speaking to the press later, Chew, who is also MCA vice-president, said she would carry on her fight for the people.
“We need to work hard in order to face this challenge. Each candidate has their own strength and strategy,” she said.
She also said she would campaign using facts and figures and she would do her best to ensure that it would be a healthy campaign.
“We won’t resort to personal attacks,” she added.
Meanwhile, Wan Azizah said her candidacy in Kajang would be a referendum against last week’s Court of Appeal decision that sentenced her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail for sodomy charges.
“I feel so touched to see there is so much support for PKR and Pakatan Rakyat. This is a referendum against the injustice that is going on in this country.
“I would like to invite everyone in Kajang to send a clear message about this,” she added.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, however, made it clear that the court’s decision had nothing to do with the by-election.
“We have an independent judiciary and (the verdict) has nothing do with the government. This is between the accused and the accuser,” he said.
Muhyiddin, who is the BN election director said they had material to attack the Opposition, especially on their style of leadership.
Selangor Mentri Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, when met by reporters later, was also questioned on Wan Azizah's position in the state assembly should she win the by-election.
"We haven't made any decision yet. Let's win this by-election first. Don't speculate this situation," he said.
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