Stage set for a tough battle

Five-way contest: (From left) Jufitri, Tinagaran, Mohamad Hasan, Mohd Nazree and Ramly are the candidates vying for the Rembau seat.

SEREMBAN: Four of the eight parliamentary constituencies in Negri Sembilan will see five-cornered fights.

They are Seremban, Port Dickson, Kuala Pilah, and Rembau.

There will be four-way fights in Jempol, Jelebu and Tampin, while Rasah will see a three-cornered contest.

Seremban MP Anthony Loke Siew Fook will be challenged by Barisan Nasional’s Felicia Wong Yin Ting, Perikatan Nasional’s Fadli Che Me, Gerakan Tanah Air’s (GTA) Mohd Jani Ismail, and Independent Izzat Lesly.

In GE14, Loke won the seat with a 30,694-vote majority.

The Port Dickson parliamentary seat will see a contest between Barisan’s Datuk P. Kamalanathan, Pakatan’s Datuk Seri Aminuddin Haron, Perikatan’s Rafiei Mustapha, GTA’s Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nazri and Independent Abdul Rani Kulup Abdullah.

In a 2018 by-election, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim won the seat for Pakatan with a 23,560-vote majority in a multi- cornered fight.

Rembau, a Barisan stronghold, will also see a five-way contest, with former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan vying for the seat against Perikatan’s Mohd Nazree Mohd Yunus, Pakatan’s Jufitri Joha, Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s S. Tinagaran, and GTA’s Ramly Awaluddin.

Kuala Pilah, which was also won by Pakatan through Bersatu in 2018, will be another seat which will see a five-way fight.

Incumbent Datuk Eddin Syazlee Shith of Bersatu, whose party is now with Perikatan, will be challenged by Barisan’s Datuk Adnan Abu Hassan , Pakatan’s Nor Azman Mohamad, Warisan”s Datuk Azman Idris, and GTA’s Kamarulzaman Kamdias.

Eddin won the seat with a 200-vote majority in 2018.

Another Barisan stronghold – Jempol – will see its candidate Datuk Shamshul Kahar Mohd Deli being challenged by three others.

They are Perikatan’s Affendy Salleh, GTA’s and former four-term Jempol MP Tan Sri Khalid Yunus, and Pakatan’s Norwani Ahmat.

There will also be a four-cornered fight in Tampin, which was won by Pakatan in 2018.

This time, its candidate Muhammad Faiz Fadzil, will be challenged by Barisan’s Datuk Mohd Isam Mohd Isa, Perikatan’s Mejar (Rtd) Abdul Halim Abu Bakar, and GTA’s Zamani Ibrahim.

It is also a four-way contest in Jelebu where incumbent Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias will be challenged by Pakatan’s Datuk Zulkefly Mohd Omar, Perikatan’s Zaharuddin Baba Samion, and GTA’s Ahmad Fakri Abu Samah.

The Rasah parliamentary seat, a Pakatan bastion, will see a three-cornered fight with Pakatan’s incumbent Cha Kee Chin being challenged by Barisan’s Ng Kian Nam and Perikatan’s Datuk David Choong.

In GE14, Cha won the seat with a 46,867-vote majority.

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