Barisan should field local candidate against Anwar in Port Dickson by-election, says ex-Negri MB

SEREMBAN: A local should be fielded against PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the soon-to-be-held by-election in Port Dickson.

Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said a local would be able to put up a good fight against Anwar compared to an outsider.

"My personal opinion is that a local should be fielded.

"But the final decision has to come from the Barisan Nasional supreme council," he said.

Mohamad was asked to comment on talk that he was the best candidate for Barisan to fight Anwar in Port Dickson.

To this, Mohamad said he would have to prepare for a by-election in Rantau if the court decides in favour of a petition filed by PKR's candidate for the seat in the May 9 polls Dr. S. Streram.

Dr. Streram filed the petition after the Election Commission (EC) refused to allow him to file his nomination papers on April 28.

The EC then declared Mohamad, who was the sole candidate, as the winner.

Mohamad said it would also be up to Barisan if it wished to field a candidate in the Port Dickson by-election.

"We will also discuss this with the state Barisan before making a final decision," he added.

On Wednesday (Sept 12), PKR announced that Anwar would stand in Port Dickson after its incumbent MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah said he would quit the parliamentary seat.

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