BAGAN DATUK: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be squaring off with contenders from PAS and PKR here. But this fight for Bagan Datuk, one of the biggest coconut producers in Malaysia, will be without the man who held up two coconuts in a ritual to “protect” Malaysia last year.
“We welcome anyone to contest here – the more the merrier,” said the Deputy Prime Minister. “But I was told he had been declared a bankrupt.
“We even waited for him but he didn’t show up,” he said of Ibrahim Mat Zin, the so-called Raja Bomoh.
In recent days, Ibrahim had declared his intention to contest here.
Besides Dr Ahmad Zahid, the three-cornered fight will now involve Ata Abdul Muneim Hassan Adli (PAS) and Pakhrurrazi Arshad (PKR).
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who aimed to improve his majority of 2,108 votes in the last elections, said: “We hope all candidates and supporters are mature enough to express their differences in a democratic manner and not based on emotions.”
Police will deploy some 75,000 personnel nationwide, especially at the 222 polling centres.
As for the Rungkup state seat here, Barisan Nasional’s incumbent Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya is facing Amanah’s Hatim Musa and PAS' Mohd Mohkheri Jalil.
The Hutan Melintang seat will see a battle between Datuk Khairuddin Tarmizi (Barisan), PKR’s G. Manivanan and PAS’ Mohd Misbahul Munir Masduki.
In Lumut, Perak, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir will be facing down four rivals in two three-cornered fights.
He will face Amanah’s Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli and PAS’ Mohd Zamri Ibrahim in the Lumut parliamentary seat.
For the Pangkor state seat, he is standing against Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Nordin Ahmad Ismail and PAS’ Zainal Abidin Saad.
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