RANTAU: Independent candidate for the Rantau by-election Mohd Nor Yassin (pic) wants to bring Islamic leadership and development to the constituency.
The 66-year-old who was a PAS candidate for the Gemencheh state seat in the 13th General Election in 2013 said he wanted to promote Islamic democracy.
"I want to use this opportunity as much as possible to promote Islamic democracy.
"We want to bring Islamic-based development and leadership here because Islam is a fair religion," he told reporters outside the nomination centre at SJKC Bandar Sri Sendayan here Saturday (March 30).
On his manifesto, Mohd Nor, a retired lecturer at the Raja Melewar Teachers' Training College, said that it would be out soon and would be focused on issues relating to the people's development in Rantau.
In 2013, Mohd Nor gained 4,907 votes compared to Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mohd Isam Mohd Isa who polled 7,632 votes for the Gemencheh state seat.
Mohd Nor was adamant to win this time, saying that he would use his second experience of competing for a state seat to the best of his ability.
"This is my second shot. I'm competing to win. My message to the people is that even though Rantau is a small place, it starts here," he said.
The Rantau polling day on April 13 will see Mohd Nor squaring off against Barisan candidate and three-term Rantau assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Pakatan Harapan candidate Dr S. Streram and another independent candidate, Malar Rajaram.
The Rantau by-election was triggered following a Federal Court decision to uphold an earlier ruling by the Election Court to nullify the results for Rantau.
In GE14, Umno deputy president Mohamad won the state seat unopposed after Dr Streram was denied entry to submit his nomination papers as he did not have a tag or a pass.
Election Court judge Azimah Omar allowed Dr Streram's petition for a by-election on the grounds that Mohamad's election victory was not valid.
The Rantau polls is the seventh by-election post-GE14, and the third to be held in 2019 after Cameron Highlands and Semenyih.