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PKR, 4 independents file Penanti nomination papers

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on May 23, 2009

 

THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

By Lee Wei Lian and Syed Jaymal Zahiid

PENANTI, May 23 — Parti KeAdilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Dr Mansor Othman and four independents have filed nomination papers for the Penanti by-election this morning.

With Barisan Nasional out of the picture, PKR took premium space in Penanti as supporters and flags crowded the road to the nomination centre.

PKR candidate Dr Mansor Othman was accompanied by Pakatan Rakyat leaders as he made his way to the nomination centre just before 8am.

Among the Pakatan leaders who arrived later to join Mansor was de facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, ousted Pakatan Rakyat Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and Azmin Ali.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his father, DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang, were among those outside the nomination centre.

Police presence was limited to 150 personnel, who blocked the road to the nomination centre at a youth complex here.

 

DAP and PKR supporters outside the Penanti by-election nomination centre this morning.

About 50 makeshift stalls lined the road hoping for a windfall from the by-election called when incumbent Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin quit the seat on April 16, just over a week after resigning as Penang deputy chief minister I following graft allegations.

 

The double master’s politician has been cleared of the allegations and has said he will pursue further studies.

Mansor is expected to win the seat and replace Fairus as DCM I while the Barisan Nasional opted out, saying the vacancy was caused by flippant reasons.

This is the sixth by-election since Election 2008. Barisan Nasional has not won in any of the four previous by-elections in Peninsular Malaysia, only winning in Batang Ai in Sarawak.

Independent candidate Aminah Abdullah told reporters outside the nomination centre that she is contesting for justice and truth and that she left PKR because “it has lost its way”.

The ex-leader of Penang PKR Wanita arrived with eight family members as supporters.

Former Gerakan member Nai Khan Ari, 41, resigned from the party to run for the seat, saying he was disappointed that BN is not contesting.

The ethnic Siamese from Penanti told reporters at the nomination centre that he feels he can represent all communities.

Another independent Mohd Saberi Osman turned up a the nomination centre before 9am, accompanied by 20 supporters.

He simply shouted “Hidup Bebas” as he entered the complex.

Kamarul Ramizu Idris, the independent candidate in the Bukit Gantang parliamentary by-election who was clad in all black, is also trying his luck in Penanti.

He lost his deposit in Bukit Gantang where he only obtained 62 votes.

The 2008 electoral roll that was updated on April 16 records 15,384 registered voters with 24 postal voters.

That comprises 72.68 per cent Malays, 24.22 per cent Chinese, 2.39 per cent Indians and 0.71 per cent others.

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