GOMBAK: Chants of “Reformasi!” rang out loudly across the field in front of Dewan Mutiara Bestari at SMK Sg Pusu in Gombak on Saturday morning.
Barisan Nasional, PAS and PKR supporters, as well as those for an independent candidate, waited patiently under the hot sun from 8.30am onwards for nominations for the Gombak constituency.
As friendly exchanges took place, mainly between Barisan and PKR supporters, Election Commission Gombak returning officer Datuk Amirul Azizan Abdul Rahim announced the candidates contesting for the constituency’s parliamentary seat and three state seats at 10.45am.
The Gombak parliamentary seat will see a three-way fight between two-term Gombak MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR), Datuk Abdul Rahim Pandak Kamarudin (Umno), and Khairil Nizam Khirudin (PAS).
“Our immediate plan is to engage with millennials and look at issues like housing, security, and healthcare, which are close to the heart of the people,” said Azmin.
“We also want to ensure we are able to reduce the burden of the cost of living of the rakyat,” he added.
Abdul Rahim is Gombak Umno chief while Khairil Nizam Khirudin is PAS deputy youth chief.
Abdul Rahim alleged there has been no improvement in Gombak since the last election in 2013.
“For instance, Gombak has the most dengue cases in Selangor. The government must be changed to take care of the rights of the rakyat,” he said.
The Sungai Tua state seat will see a four-way fight between Datuk N. Rawisandran (MIC), Mohammad Ibrahim (PAS), incumbent Amiruddin Shaari (PKR), and independent Badrul Hisam Md Zin.
Selangor MIC secretary Rawisandran gave Amirudin a good fight in GE13 but lost by a 3,261-vote majority.
In Gombak Setia, PAS incumbent Hasbullah Mohd Ridzwan will defend the state seat from PKR’s Muhammad Hilman Idham, who is Azmin’s special aide, and Umno’s Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin.
Hulu Kelang incumbent Saari Sungib is defending his state seat but this time using the Amanah banner instead of PAS, under which he contested in GE13.
Saari will stand against PAS' Kamalulhysham Mohd Suhut and Ismail Ahmad, who is Gombak Umno division treasurer.
“The water issue affecting 35% of Hulu Kelang residents is serious and the people are suffering.
“So if Barisan wins this time, the issue of water infrastructure will be resolved,” said Ismail.
In GE13, Abdul Rahim stood in Hulu Kelang but lost to PAS candidate Saari with a 2,881-vote majority.
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