KLANG: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia is in the midst of identifying its candida0tes to be shortlisted to contest in the Semenyih by-election, which will see the party contesting against Barisan Nasional now that PAS has decided to sit it out.
Selangor Bersatu chief Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari said once the potential candidates have been identified, they will be called in.
“We will get their background details and discuss their potential (as candidates) with the party’s top leadership,” he said when contacted from Hanoi, Vietnam yesterday.
Abdul Rashid said he will discuss the details of the potential candidates with Bersatu’s top leadership.
“I’ll let our top leaders decide on the candidate based on my recommendations,” said Abdul Rashid, who is also one of the party’s two vice-presidents.
The Semenyih state seat fell vacant after incumbent assemblyman Bakhtiar Mohd Nor, who was Hulu Selangor Bersatu division chief, passed away last Friday.
Selangor legislative assembly Speaker Ng Suee Lim informed the Election Commission of Bakhtiar’s demise on Monday.
Bakhtiar, who was the Hulu Langat Bersatu division chief, won the Semenyih seat in last year’s general election with 23,428 votes.
He defeated incumbent assemblyman Datuk Johan Abdul Aziz of the Barisan Nasional as well as candidates from PAS and PSM.
So far, those contesting in the by-election will be from Pakatan Harapan and Barisan. PAS has opted to sit out the by-election.
It is not known if Johan will be contesting again.
Selangor Umno deputy chief Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan said recently that his party now has a second generation of young party members ready to serve the people and be heard in the Selangor legislative assembly.
Earlier, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said his party will throw its support behind Barisan.
“PAS will give way to Barisan Nasional, which had bigger support in GE14,” he said.
He added that PAS would mobilise its local election machinery and called on its members to support Barisan.
When contacted, Selangor PAS election director Roslan Shahir said both parties had already met and mapped out their campaign strategy.
“Selangor Umno and PAS have already met, and we will be going down to the ground to campaign together,” said Roslan.
He added that the PAS leadership also instructed its Selangor chapter to give full support to Umno in the by-election.