KUALA LUMPUR: June 8 (Bernama) — The Bersatu presidency will not be contested in the party elections in October, secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said

He said this was endorsed in a meeting held yesterday, in line with the the resolution passed during Bersatu’s Special Annual General meeting (AGM) on Nov 25 last year that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would retain his position as the party president for the forthcoming elections.

He said Bersatu will adhere to the party’s Constitution in conducting contests for other positions and candidates must submit their applications to the Supreme Council, in accordance with Articles 14.14 and 14.16 of the Bersatu Constitution.

‘The meeting also decided on the dates for branch-level meetings from July 20 to August 31, and division-level meetings from October 12 to 26.

The associate wing and Srikandi Muda assemblies is scheduled for November 28; Armada and Srikandi (Nov 29) and the main assembly will be held from Nov 30 to Dec 1,’ he said in a statement toda

Besides this, Hazmah also announced Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin and Abdullah Omar Bledram as the protem chiefs of the Putrajaya andLabuan divisions respectively.

He also said that the meeting had discussed the status of seven former Bersatu elected representatives who had declared their support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in which the party’s secretary-general was instructed to take follow-up action.

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BUKIT MERTAJAM, The Unity Government’s election machinery for the Sungai Bakap state by-election will be launched tonight.

Penang PKR State Leadership Council (MPN) deputy chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Abdul Hamid said he is confident that the Unity Government can recapture the Sungai Bakap seat, which was previously held by Pakatan Harapan (PH) (formerly Pakatan Rakyat) for three terms since 2008.

He stated that the commitment and strong spirit of unity have already been demonstrated by the machineries of Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional (BN) to ensure victory.

Mohamad said that initial preparations by the Unity Government began with a meeting on May 25 to form the related committees, followed by another meeting on June 3, attended by all leaders in the coalition and chaired by state PH chairman Chow Kon Yeow.

“Tonight, the election machinery will be launched by PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli and the event will be attended by all key state and central leaders,” he told reporters after launching a foo
tball clinic in Mengkuang Titi here today.

The Sungai Bakap state seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent Nor Zamri Latiff, 56, on May 24 due to inflammation in the stomach.

In the state election last August, Nor Zamri, Nibong Tebal PAS chief, secured victory over Pakatan Harapan candidate Nurhidayah Che Rose with a majority of 1,563 votes.

The Election Commission (EC) has set the polling day for the Sungai Bakap by-election on July 6, with nomination and early voting set for June 22 and July 2 respectively.

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GEORGE TOWN, With two weeks left before nomination day of the Sungai Bakap state seat by-election, the political temperature in Penang, especially in the Nibong Tebal parliamentary constituency, has started to heat up.

Political parties have started strategising by holding discussions on candidates within their parties and with coalition partners before finalising the candidates to be fielded to win the hearts of voters.

The political show on the Sungai Bakap by-election stage was started by the country’s giant political coalition, Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) under the ‘Unity Government’ banner when they unanimously agreed at the Penang level last Monday that PKR should field a candidate in the spirit of the party that contested before be given priority to try their luck again.

In the opposition bloc, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has given way to PAS to field a candidate representing Perikatan Nasional (PN) thus almost confirming that the Sungai Bakap by-election will once a
gain witness a clash between PKR and PAS to win the same seat after almost 10 months following the Penang State Election (PRN) last August.

The Unity Government candidate is expected to be announced next week, according to PH chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, while for PAS it is still shrouded in mystery and has not made a decision on the date of the candidate announcement.

The Election Commission (EC) has set July 6 as the polling day for the Sungai Bakap by-election and June 22 as the nomination day, while early voting will be on July 2.

The Sungai Bakap seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent Nor Zamri Latiff of PAS on May 24 due to stomach inflammation.

Although they have not yet announced their candidates, the PH-BN and PN coalitions are each ready to launch their machinery for the by-election, with the PN machinery launch scheduled for tonight and the Unity Government machinery launch scheduled for tomorrow.

The by-election is seen as an opportunity for PKR to recl
aim the Sungai Bakap seat, which was a stronghold of the party for 10 years from 2008 to 2018 before falling into the hands of PAS in the 2023 PRN, while PAS is determined to defend the seat it holds by launching the hashtag #SgBakapKitaKekal early.

There has been much speculation about the criteria for the candidates who will represent the two oldest political parties in the country, including recycled candidates, locals, family members of the deceased, young women and former educators.

Penang PKR State Leadership Council Chairman Nurul Izzah Anwar confirmed that there are five candidates, including men and women, who have been nominated for the final decision at the party leadership level.

“The important thing is that we take into account not only the names that are very influential among the people but also those who have contributed not only today but also before. We want the candidate who is fielded to be a winnable candidate,” said the PKR Vice President.

Meanwhile, Penang PAS Commissioner Muhammad
Fauzi Yusoff said the party has also submitted a shortlist of candidate names to the PAS central leadership for selection and when asked whether the list of candidates submitted included family members of Nor Zamri, he did not deny it, but asked to wait until the candidate’s decision is announced.

“After the state level, it (the candidate’s name) will be scrutinised by the Majlis Syura Ulama and then the PAS leadership, the one to be selected must be a qualified candidate and so far all the names we have sent are PAS members (state). The number of (candidates) is more than one and less than 10 that we have sent,” he said.

However, the focus is more on the PH-BN and PN coalitions, while other parties such as Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang), Parti Ikatan Demokratik Malaysia (MUDA), Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) are seen not giving any hint of entering the eighth by-election after the 15th General Election (GE15) in 2022.

In the Penang PRN last August, Nor Zamri, who was the
Nibong Tebal PAS chairman, defeated PH candidate Nurhidayah Che Rose by a majority of 1,563 votes.

The Sungai Bakap constituency now has 39,279 voters comprising 39,222 ordinary voters and 57 police personnel and spouses

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PAPAR, The candidate representing Perikatan Nasional (PN) in the Sungai Bakap state by-election in Penang will be announced on June 16, said PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

He said a PAS party-level meeting was held yesterday and received a list of names proposed as the candidate for the by-election, and the PAS leadership is looking into the names before being brought to the party’s Syura Council.

“Usually will send two or three names who have been carefully checked for qualifications before sending them to the Syura Council to be endorsed. If the three names are eligible, the party will decide which of the three is the best (candidate).

“God willing, the declaration of candidate (PN) will be made on June 16 before the nomination of candidate on June 22 and the launch of our machinery in the near future. This Tuesday we will have the highest meeting of Perikatan Nasional (PN) for us to discuss further,” he said here today.

He said this at a press conference after officiating the S
abah State PAS Council Meeting which was also attended by Sabah PAS commissioner Dr Aliakbar Gulasan.

The Election Commission (EC) has set the Sungai Bakap state by-election polling day on July 6, while the candidate nomination and early voting dates are set for June 22 and July 2 respectively.

The Sungai Bakap state assembly seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent Nor Zamri Latiff, 56, on May 24 while being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Seberang Jaya Hospital (HSJ) due to inflammation in the stomach.

Asked about PN’s chances in the Sungai Bakap state by-election, Tuan Ibrahim said Nor Zamri and the party had previously done the best for the voters in the area, so he is leaving it to the voters to judge.

Commenting on the Sabah state election, Tuan Ibrahim said it is hoped that the party can reach a consensus before the dissolution of the Sabah State Assembly, which is scheduled to end in September next year.

“The PN supreme leadership will determine this matter. Our party is
open to discuss with any party, Sabah politics is dynamic. There is a consensus on the form after the election but if the consensus is earlier, (an understanding for) the earlier form of government is better,” he said.

He said that by implementing the consensus earlier, the people would be able see and evaluate the direction of the political consensus, besides ensuring that the political parties involved can prepare earlier for the 16th Sabah state election.

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KOTA BHARU: Kelantan UMNO must provide opportunities and cultivate more young leaders to spearhead Barisan Nasional (BN) in the upcoming elections.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, however, said these emerging leaders should work alongside seasoned members of the party.

He said the importance of identifying and mentoring these young leaders from an early stage is to ensure they are adequately prepared and aligned with the party’s direction.

‘We shouldn’t wait until a month before Parliament is dissolved to search for young leaders (to stand for candidacy).

‘They need time to become known to the public and to serve the community effectively,’ he told reporters after officiating the Kelantan BN Convention 2024 here today.

Johari, who is also Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, said if young leaders are not introduced to the public early on, their contributions will go unrecognised when elections come around.

‘I have stressed before that before we achieved independence, UMNO’s
early members struggled for our freedom. Once independence was secured, they provided us with leaders of remarkable calibre to govern the country.

‘However, now, we have lost ‘power’ and have been defeated in eight consecutive electoral terms in Kelantan. Therefore, we must adapt and collaborate with the government to nurture leaders who can embody future aspirations and political progress,’ he said.

Separately, Johari said BN will support candidates from its partners in the Unity Government in the upcoming Sungai Bakap state by-election in Penang.

He cited the previous Kuala Kubu Bharu by-election as an example, where BN assisted the DAP candidate from Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Also present at the convention was Kelantan BN chairman Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub.

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