Malaysia GE15: Perikatan Nasional seeks to win all 8 Negeri Sembilan federal seats

Malaysia GE15: Perikatan Nasional seeks to win all 8 Negeri Sembilan federal seats

In GE15, PN has confirmed that it will field eight candidates for all the federal seats in Negeri Sembilan. Four of the candidates will be from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), three from Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) and one from Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan). 

In the 2018 general election, Bersatu while contesting under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition fielded two candidates, but only won one seat. PAS fielded eight candidates but did not win any seat. 

In Perak, PN has announced that it will contest all the 59 seats in the state. In GE15, only three states: Perak, Penang and Pahang will have concurrent state elections to elect new members of their respective legislative assemblies.  

According to a Bernama report, Perak PN secretary Zainol Fadzi Paharudin said Bersatu will vie for 26 seats, while PAS and Gerakan will contest 24 and nine seats, respectively.

Before the dissolution of the Perak state assembly, PN held only eight state seats whereas BN held the majority of 25 seats. 

Separately, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang announced on Thursday night that several axed BN members will be defending their parliamentary seats as PN candidates.  

Among them are caretaker federal territories minister Shahidan Kassim and caretaker deputy minister of housing and local government Ismail Abdul Muttalib who will contest in Arau, Perlis and Maran, Pahang respectively. 

Mr Shahidan said that he chose to represent PN as Mr Abdul Hadi understood his stand, adding that both of them had always remained friends despite having differences of opinion.

“I yearn for the unity of the ummah (Muslim community). I want PAS and UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) in Arau to support me. Let Muafakat Nasional (the mutual cooperation between UMNO and PAS) begin in Arau,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama. 

Mr Shahidan who was dropped from the list of Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates on Tuesday, made a surprise appearance at the announcement of PN candidates in Marang, Terengganu on Thursday night. 

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