Wan Saiful might take on Ku Nan

PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s latest recruit Wan Saiful Wan Jan is speculated to contest the Putrajaya parliamentary seat in the coming general election.

Sources within Pribumi told The Star that the former chief executive officer of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) is highly favoured among the party’s top leadership to contest the seat, currently held by Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

“He is intelligent and a prominent figure in Putrajaya. We believe his candidacy will go down well with Putrajaya voters because most of them are involved in the government and policy-making,” sources said.

Wan Saiful said he does not dismiss the prospect of him being fielded as a candidate in Putrajaya.

“I’m not dismissing any possibilities, but it’s for the party to decide,” he said at Pribumi’s headquarters at Menara Yaya­san yesterday.

However, Wan Saiful stressed that contesting in the polls has never been his intention of joining the one-year-old Umno splinter party.

“The discussion between us has always been about what can we do to help the party grow,” he added.

Yesterday, Wan Saiful, 42, officially joined Pribumi as a lifetime member and was also appointed as the party’s policy and strategy bureau deputy chairman.

Wan Saiful, who was previously a PAS member for 21 years, said he joined Pribumi because it was the only way to address national issues.

“Our country needs an administration with the political will to change,” he said.

He also said he is expecting backlash for joining a race-based party.

“People will only take a party seriously if it is able to shape the perspective and thinking of the people, and only Pribumi is able to do this at the national level,” he said.

Also present at the press conference were Pribumi president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, its Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, supreme council member Datuk Dr Rais Hussin and Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong, of DAP.