Umno defector shows up at Sungai Besar nomination centre in Pakatan colours

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  • Saturday, 28 Apr 2018

Muslimin Yahya Sungai Besar parliament seat contestant arrives at the Dewan Sri Bernam in Sungai Besar, Selangor

SUNGAI BESAR: Last-minute Umno defector Muslimin Yahya has turned up at 8.30am with supporters to contest under Pakatan Harapan banner instead of Mohd Ashyraf Basri.

Former Sungai Besar Umno division committee member Muslimin is at the Dewan Sri Bernam, the general election candidate nomination centre for Sungai Besar constituency.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that he was Special Officer to one of his political secretaries and not his political secretary as claimed by some parties, according a Bernama report yesterday (April 27).

Dr Ahmad said that Muslimin had expressed his interest in contesting in the Sungai Besar seat and the party had not expected that he would join PKR, it said.

Muslimin was the late Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon's former senior private secretary when she was serving as the deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister and was formerly an Umno committee member in Sungai Besar, it said.

Noriah won the Sungai Besar seat by a narrow 399-vote majority in the 2013 general election.

According to Utusan Online's report yesterday (April 27), Dr Ahmad said that Muslimin was not selected as a candidate and on Thursday, he said that he had joined PKR.

On Monday, Selangor Pribumi chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari had announced that Mohd Ashyraf Basri, 33, will contest in Sungai Besar.

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