KUALA TERENGGANU, July 8 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional's (BN) candidate for the Kuala Besut state by-election should be someone who is capable of ensuring that there will not be a '16-16 situation' in the State Legislative Assembly.
Nevertheless, according to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak senior lecturer Dr. Jeniri Amir, the opposition would try their best to create such situation, hence making a new record and history in Malaysian politics.
He said as the BN currently controlling 16 state seats, while the opposition has 15, the BN should be able to avoid the situation by selecting the right candidate to contest in the constituency where farmers and fishermen made up the majority of people.
"The BN's candidate, who has the support of the people and the party machinery, has a bigger chance to win," he told Bernama while describing the constituency as another of BN's stronghold.
Meanwhile, Kuala Besut BN by-election deputy director Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said BN had a list of the best candidates, who are also close to the people's hearts, to be fielded.
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Among those speculated to be fielded are Dungun religious officer Nik Zulhaiza Ismail, Dungun District Council management service department director Zahanapi Sagaf, engineer Tengku Zainah Che Ku Abdul Rahman and lecturer Mohamad Mat Kadir.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to announce the name of BN's candidate in Kuala Besut tomorrow, while PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is also expected to name PAS candidate for the by-election tomorrow.
Among the candidates tipped to contest for PAS are Besut PAS chief Wan Azhar Wan Ahmad and independent preacher Ustaz Azhar Idrus.
The Kuala Besut seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar on June 26 due to lung cancer.
Dr. Jeniri said the candidate factor would be among the important determinants of people's support and votes in Kuala Besut, where the Malays made up 97 per cent of the 17,683 eligible voters.
"I expect the competition will be more intense this time," he added.
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