GEORGE TOWN: Six candidates are jostling for the Sungai Pinang state seat, making it one of the most watched constituencies in the state.
Besides facing traditional foes from Barisan Nasional, DAP’s ever-smiling incumbent Lim Siew Khim, 48, is also up against ex-comrade Teh Yee Cheu, the Tanjong Bunga assemblyman.
Teh, 60, is representing Parti Sosialis Malaysia while former Batu Lancang assemblyman Ng Fook On, 58, is Barisan’s choice.
Joining in the fray are PAS’ Yacoob Omar, 56, and Malaysian United Party’s (MUP) Tan Sim Bee, 37.
A sixth candidate, Independent Mohamed Yacoob Mohamed Noor, is also making a comeback for the seat although he lost his deposit in the last general election when he garnered only 141 votes.
The 29-year-old is popularly known as Yacoob Bebas, with a personal tagline: “Yacoob menang, rakyat senang” (If Yacoob wins, the people will be contented).
Ng is no stranger to the seat, having served as Penang municipal councillor from 1999 to 2004.
The Datok Keramat state seat is seeing a five-cornered fight, with DAP’s two-term assemblyman Jagdeep Singh, 47, defending the seat.
Standing in his way will be Barisan’s Lee Boon Ten, 61, and MUP’s Lim Boo Chang, 62, a former assemblyman for the seat from 1995 to 2004.
Joining in the race are Penang Front Party’s Nicholas Diane Morgan, 37, and Independent Muhammad Majnun Wahab, 59.
For the Jelutong parliamentary seat, it will be a fight of three lawyers.
Barisan’s Baljit Singh, 52, is facing incumbent Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer, 47, and MUP’s Tan.
The Batu Lancang state seat will see a three-cornered fight among DAP’s former Penang Island City councillor Ong Ah Teong, 48, Barisan’s Koo Pei Chee, 32, and MUP’s Kee Lean Ee, 34.
The Perai state seat sees a six-cornered fight with DAP’s Dr P. Ramasamy facing five other candidates – from Barisan, Parti Rakyat Malaysia, People’s Alternative Party, Penang Front Party and an Independent female candidate.
This will be the first time DAP is facing a six-cornered fight since it won the seat in 2008.
It will be a three-cornered fight at the Bukit Bendera parliamentary seat, and the Kebun Bunga and Pulau Tikus state seats.
Meanwhile, the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency will see a three-cornered fight, with PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar out to defend her family’s legacy seat for the party.
Her two contenders are Barisan’s Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said and PAS’ Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamudden.
The three state seats under Permatang Pauh are contested by Barisan’s Abu Bakar Sidekh Zainul Abidin (Seberang Jaya), Anuar Faisal Yahaya (Permatang Pasir) and Suhaimi Sabudin (Penanti); Dr Afif Bahardin, Muhammad Faiz Fadzil and Dr Norlela Ariffin of PKR; and Ahmad Rafaei Rashid, Muhammad Fauzi Yusof and Fawwaz Mohamad Jan of PAS.