PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz could be fielded as Umno's candidate for the Lembah Pantai Parliamentary constituency in the 15th General Election, says Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.
The former Federal Territories minister said that the Finance Minister stands a chance to win in Lembah Pantai if he represented Umno and Barisan Nasional.
"He is from Lembah Pantai, his parents have lived in Bangsar and he also grew up there. But if he wants to compete, contest as a candidate under Barisan and not Perikatan Nasional," he was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia.
Raja Nong Chik was referring to speculation of Tengku Zafrul being fielded in the Lembah Pantai seat.
Tengku Zafrul is currently a senator and is not a member of any political party.
In the same article, Raja Nong Chik also said that he would contest in the Lembah Pantai seat as an independent if his party fielded an outsider.
Raja Nong Chik added that he was in favour of giving younger candidates a chance but said that they must come from the constituencies that they want to represent as they would better understand local issues.
"If you ask me to come down to give my support on the ground, I have no problem with that. But if an outsider is selected, I will contest in the upcoming general election," said Raja Nong Chik.
"I am willing to contest as an independent if Umno fields an outsider. There are many young candidates, it is not a problem for me to support them, it is up to the party's top leadership, but it is imperative the candidate has to be a local of Lembah Pantai," he added.
Raja Nong Chik previously contested in the Lembah Pantai constituency in 2013 and in 2018, but lost both times.
He lost to PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar in 2013 and to PKR's Fahmi Fadzil in 2018; Nurul Izzah obtained a 1,848-vote majority and Fahmi defeated Raja Nong Chik by 5,000 votes.
In the report, he also said that Umno would be able to win the Lembah Pantai seat if it could maintain its cooperation with PAS, adding that PAS has strong election machinery there.