Is this list genuine?
N Faizal GhazaliPublished 3:36 pmModified 6:40 pm
Umno and PAS leaders have dismissed a list of intended GE15 candidates and seat allocation purportedly issued by Perikatan Nasional, which is making its rounds on social media.
The list, which surfaced last night and has been circulating on WhatsApp, featured parliamentary seat allocation for BN, PAS, Bersatu, PBRS and PBS, supposedly for the next general election.
In the list, Umno and Bersatu had larger parliamentary seats to be contested, with 57 and 54 respectively, followed by PAS with 31.
According to the list also, several veteran politicians will allegedly not contest the parliamentary seats, such as the current Kota Bharu MP and PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.
Instead, it is claimed that the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department will contest the Tanjong Mas state seat so he could be the Kelantan menteri besar candidate, replacing Ahmad Yakob.
Tanjong Mas seat is being held by PAS’ Rohani Ibrahim, while Ahmad is slated to switch seats from Pasir Pekan state seat to Pengkalan Chepa parliamentary constituency to pave the way for a cabinet position.
Other swaps include Umno’s Pengerang MP Azalina Othman who would switch to a state seat to be appointed the speaker of the Johor assembly.
It is also stated that leaders such as Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Bagan Datoh MP), former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak (Pekan) and Felda chairperson Idris Jusoh (Besut) would not contest but instead, their names would be proposed for a Tun title.
Meanwhile, in Kedah, it is proposed that PAS field the menteri besar candidate while all elected representatives “friendly” to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad be replaced by “new faces”.