BN likely to field former police officer in Cameron Highlands

Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election will likely be from Umno or the coalition’s direct candidate.

Former police officer Ramli Mohd Noor, an Orang Asli from the Semai tribe in Pos Mensoon who held the rank of assistant commissioner, has been touted as the said candidate.

The by-election is expected to see at least a three-cornered fight between Pakatan Harapan’s candidate from DAP M. Manogaran, MyPPP president Datuk Seri M. Kayveas and BN.


KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election will likely be from Umno or the coalition’s direct candidate.

Such an indication was elicited by Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan, who said that BN components MCA and MIC have also agreed on the nominee.

At a media conference tonight, when asked on whether the candidate would be from Umno, Mohamad said the matter had been brought to the party’s supreme council meeting for approval.


“The candidate has received the mandate from Umno. We (Umno leadership) have brought the matter to the supreme council for approval. MCA and MIC have also agreed (on the candidacy).

Umno is expected to announce the candidate at 11am today (Jan 10).

Former police officer Ramli Mohd Noor, an Orang Asli from the Semai tribe in Pos Mensoon who held the rank of assistant commissioner, has been touted as the said candidate.

Orang Asli voters make up about 20 per cent of the 32,048 registered voters in the parliamentary constituency.

On Nov 30 last year, the Election Court declared BN’s win of the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat null and void after ruling that DAP candidate M. Manogaran had succeeded in proving that corrupt practices were committed to induce voters in the constituency to vote for BN candidate Datuk C. Sivarraajh.

The Election Commission had fixed Jan 12 for nomination and Jan 26 for polling.

MIC had decided to pull out from the race for Cameron Highlands, which is traditionally reserved by BN for the party.

The by-election is expected to see at least a three-cornered fight between Pakatan Harapan’s candidate from DAP M. Manogaran, MyPPP president Datuk Seri M. Kayveas and BN.

Mohamad, who is tasked with carrying out the duties of the party president, also said the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election would be a litmus test for BN’s political legitimacy in the eyes of voters.

“Cameron Highlands is an important seat for us. We need to defend it. We want to see how deep is the support for BN.

“At BN-level, we have agreed that the candidate should be able to strengthen the party and and lead it to victory.”

Mohamad, who had earlier chaired the Umno supreme council meeting, also said following the 14th general election’s results, a strong candidate is needed to ensure the party’s victory.

“But now, the party is not really in a (politically) good condition. Back then,

Source: NST Online


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