KUANTAN: Rompin Umno division deputy chief Datuk Hasan Arifin is one busy man of late.
Since the death of his boss Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis in a helicopter crash early this month, Hasan has been working non-stop to prepare for the by-election.
Acting in the capacity as the division chief, Hasan is always on the move.
Talk is rife that he is tipped to replace Dr Jamaluddin.
Recently, the former deputy mentri besar and two-term assemblyman, chaired a meeting with division leaders, who unanimously passed a motion to reject any candidates from outside.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob also supported the move.
When asked by reporters, Adnan gave a hint by exclaiming: "You all can figure who the candidate is."
On Saturday (April 18), Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will name the candidate during his working visit to Rompin.
When contacted, Hasan evaded questions on his chances of being selected.
"It is up to the wisdom of the party leadership. I will see you all on April 18," he said before ending the call abruptly on Thursday.
If selected, Hasan will receive an early birthday gift, just 10 days short of his 62nd birthday.
Another hopeful is fomer division youth chief Datuk Mohamad Sahfri Abdul Aziz, 40.
The former two-term Bukit Ibam assemblyman was dropped in the last general election.
Mohamad Sahfri, a former state executive councillor, also remained tight-lipped when asked about his chances.
The Rompin parliamentary seat fell vacant after Dr Jamaluddin was killed along with five others near Semenyih on April 4.
Nomination for the by-election has been set for April 22 and polling on May 5.