TANJUNG MALIM: Acting Tanjung Malim Umno division chairman Mohd Zaidi Aziz will contest the Slim state seat by-election.
This was announced by Perak Umno chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad at Felda Residence Trolak, near here Wednesday (Aug 12).
Speaking to reporters after the announcement, Mohd Zaidi, 43, said he was thankful for the trust given to him by Umno.
"I would like to thank Umno for selecting me for the by-election. I will make sure we will work hard and continue the late Datuk Khusairi Abdul Talib's fight," he said.
Nomination day for the Slim by-election is Aug 15 and voting will take place on Aug 29.
The state seat was left vacant after the death of Khusairi, a four-term incumbent, on July 15.
In the GE14, Khusairi won with a 2,183-majority over PAS' Zulfadhli Zainal and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Mohd Amran Ibrahim, who contested under the PKR flag.
Also present were Umno secretary-general Datuk Sri Ahmad Maslan and PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who announced plans to up a new party called Pejuang, is expected to announce their candidate on Wednesday night.
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