MUAR: PKR is introducing 11 new faces in its candidacy list for Johor. Only nine incumbents were retained.
State PKR chief Hasan Karim said the candidates are aged between 32 and 67.
“They are a good mix of candidates in terms of race, gender and backgrounds,” he said during a ceremony to name the party’s candidates here yesterday.
PKR is contesting in eight parliamentary and 12 state seats. Hasan said the party is confident of winning at least 13 seats.
Datuk Mohd Idris Jusi, who won the Batu Pahat parliamentary seat in GE13, has been dropped. It will be contested by Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, who is Penang Deputy Chief Minister I.
Hasan said he would be contesting against Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin for the Pasir Gudang parliamentary seat.
Incumbent deputy Johor PKR chief Jimmy Puah will defend his Bukit Batu state seat.
The candidates named are Datuk Seri Dr R. Santhara for Segamat, Natrah Ismail (Sekijang), Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (Ledang), Onn Abu Bakar (Sembrong), Steven Chong (Tebrau) and Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir (Johor Baru).
Two Indian candidates in the line-up for state seats are M. Murugan (Layang Layang) and S. Gopala Krishnan (Tiram).
Hassan added that all the candidates have been properly vetted to ensure they would not be disqualified on technical grounds.