Perikatan Nasional to Decide Kuala Kubu Bharu By-Election Candidate at Supreme Council Meeting

The Perikatan Nasional coalition is set to decide on its candidate for the Kuala Kubu Bharu by-election in Selangor, with Gerakan considering a Malay candidate to boost chances of winning the seat. The outcome could provide insights into voter preferences and coalition dynamics.

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Perikatan Nasional to Decide Kuala Kubu Bharu By-Election Candidate at Supreme Council Meeting

Perikatan Nasional to Decide Kuala Kubu Bharu By-Election Candidate at Supreme Council Meeting

The Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition is set to decide on its candidate for the upcoming Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB) state constituency by-election in Selangor during a Supreme Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 11 at 5 pm. The by-election, necessitated by the death of three-term DAP assemblyman Lee Kee Hiong on March 21, has seen various parties within PN deliberating on potential candidates.

Gerakan, a component party of PN, has shortlisted five potential candidates of diverse races and is considering all factors, including the views of PN election director Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, who asserted that fielding a Malay candidate would stand a better chance of winning the seat. Gerakan deputy president Oh Tong Keong emphasized that the party's focus is on selecting a winnable candidate accepted by all, regardless of race.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Hulu Selangor Parliament has proposed Hulu Selangor Municipal Council (MPHS) member Saripah Bakar as a potential Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate to defend the KKB seat. Saripah's name has been put forward to attract support from Malay voters, who represent about 46% of the over 40,000 registered voters in the constituency. Some political observers believe that selecting Saripah as the candidate is important to prove that the DAP is not a racially biased or chauvinistic Chinese party.

The MCA political development committee has announced that the party will not campaign in the by-election if the candidate is not from the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. BN chairperson Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had earlier stated that BN would not contest the seat, deferring to the coalition government led by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to decide on the candidate. Selangor MCA Youth has criticized Zahid's decision, arguing that an MCA candidate should contest the seat as the party previously held the state constituency until the 2013 general election.

Why this matters: The Kuala Kubu Bharu by-election serves as a gauge for the political dynamics in Selangor and Malaysia as a whole. The outcome of the by-election could provide insights into voter preferences and the strength of various coalitions and parties in the state.

As the nomination date of April 27 and the polling day on May 11 approach, all eyes are on the Perikatan Nasional Supreme Council Meeting, where the coalition is expected to finalize its candidate for the crucial by-election. The decision made at the meeting will shape the political landscape in Kuala Kubu Bharu an

Key Takeaways

  • PN coalition to decide candidate for KKB by-election on May 11 meeting.
  • Gerakan shortlisted 5 candidates, favoring a Malay candidate to win the seat.
  • DAP proposed MPHS member Saripah Bakar as PH candidate to attract Malay voters.
  • MCA will not campaign if candidate is not from BN coalition.
  • KKB by-election seen as a gauge for political dynamics in Selangor and Malaysia.