PAGOH: PAS ulama chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed and his son, the Johor PAS Youth deputy head, are set to lock horns with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in the polls.
The father-and-son team will take on the former Umno deputy president and ex-deputy prime minister in the Gambir state and Pagoh parliamentary seats respectively.
It will be Ahmad Nawfal’s first time contesting in the elections, his father told The Star.
Ahmad Nawfal, 34, hails from Muar and is a business management graduate from Universiti Teknologi Mara.
Muhyiddin will be defending Pagoh for the eighth time. He has held the predominantly Malay seat for almost 40 years, between 1978 and 1986 and from 1995 until now.
In the last elections, Muhyiddin beat PAS’ Mohd Rozali Jamil Al’Hafiz by a 12,842-vote majority.
As for Gambir, Dr Mahfodz, 73, feels he will do better this time than in 2013 when he lost to Barisan Nasional’s Datuk M. Asojan by just 310 votes.
“The locals in Gambir are familiar with me as I have been working on the ground since my last defeat,” said Dr Mahfodz, who will possibly meet Asojan, the Johor MIC chief, again. Muhyiddin is contesting the state seat.
Meanwhile, Johor PAS commissioner Abdullah Husin said the party will contest 61 seats, including 20 parliamentary seats, in Johor.
He will be contesting Tebrau for parliament and defending his Puteri Wangsa state seat.
In PAHANG, Gagasan Sejahtera will field PAS Supporters Congress chairman N. Balasubramaniam, 60, to face off with MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and DAP’s Wong Tack for the Bentong parliamentary seat.
In GE13, Liow defeated Wong by a majority of 379 votes.
The PAS-led Gagasan also comprises Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia, Pan-Malaysia Islamic Front (Berjasa), Parti Harapan Malaysia and Parti Cinta Malaysia.
Pahang PAS state commissioner Rosli Abdul Jabar named 63-year-old retired serviceman Kapt Ahiatudin Daud as the candidate for Pekan, the seat currently held by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who won by a majority of 35,613 votes in the last elections.
PAS also announced its candidates for the other 12 parliamentary seats and 40 (of the 42) state seats in Pahang.
Gagasan vice-chairman Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said they are still considering fielding candidates for the Triang and Tras state seats.
“We may have a surprise on nomination day,” he said.
In PERAK, PAS’ line-up for GE14 in the state was announced except for the Beruas and Taiping parliamentary seats.
Perak PAS commissioner Razman Zakaria said the candidates for the two seats will be made known later.
“We are contesting 21 parliamentary and 43 state seats in Perak.
“Beruas will be a PAS seat. As for Taiping, a suitable candidate from Berjasa will be fielded,” he said.
In GE13, PAS contested only eight parliamentary and 14 state seats in Perak as a member of the then Pakatan Rakyat.
In NEGRI SEMBILAN, PAS’ sole non-Muslim candidate, Yau Con Seng, 63, will contest the Temiang state seat.
Yau said he wished to correct the misconception highlighted by DAP and MCA that PAS only looks after the well-being of Muslims.
“I have been with PAS for 20 years. It is a just and fair party,” added the first-time candidate.
Negri Sembilan PAS will battle for 26 of the 36 state and all eight parliamentary seats.
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