JOHOR BARU: Johor Barisan Nasional will only give one name as its candidate for the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election.
Its chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the name would be given to the party leadership on Monday (Sept 30).
The Benut assemblyman, who is also the Johor Umno chief, added that the state Umno would also be having a meeting on the same day which would touch upon the candidate for the by-election.
“I have already met with state MCA and MIC highest leaderships, as well as from PAS, to get their feedback and views on the candidate selection.
When asked how many candidates Barisan had identified for the by-election, Hasni said there was only one name.
“We made the decision through discussion and consensus from everyone involved,” he said.
The Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat became vacant following the sudden death of its incumbent Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik, 42, who was also the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, following a heart attack at Pontian Hospital here on Sept 21.
Md Farid, who is also Tanjung Piai Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) division vice chief, won the seat in the last general election after beating Barisan’s candidate MCA’s Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng and PAS’ candidate Nordin Othman with a majority of 524 votes. -The Star