Pulai, Simpang Jeram by-elections begin with nomination tomorrow
JOHOR BAHRU,. With the six states having concluded their elections recently, the heat is now shifting to the ‘Southern Tiger’ state where two by-elections, namely for the Pulai parliamentary seat and the Simpang Jeram state seat, will be held.
The nomination for these two by-elections is tomorrow, with the process, from 9 am to 10 am, to be held at Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim here for the Pulai by-election and Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim, Muar, for the Simpang Jeramby-election.
According to the Johor Election Office, 22 sets of nomination forms have been sold so far to several political parties, including Amanah, PAS and Perikatan Nasional (PN), as well as Independent candidates.
The by-elections in the two constituencies are expected to witness stiff competition with Pakatan Harapan (PH) pitting two proteges of the late Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub, who was the incumbents of the two seats, against the Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidates.
PH has named former Johor State Assembly Speaker, Suhaizan Kaiat, who is also the late Salahuddin’s political secretary, as its candidate for the Pulai parliamentary seat.
Suhaizan, who will be contesting on Amanah’s ticket, is expected to face Pulai Bersatu deputy chief Zulkifli Jaafa, who has been named by PN as its candidate for the seat.
For Simpang Jeram, PH is betting on Bakri Amanah deputy chief, Nazri Abdul Rahman, who is an engineer, to defend the seat against PN candidate Dr Mohd Mazri Yahya, who is a vascular consultant and endovascular surgeon.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Consumer Safety Association (PKPKL) president Samsudin Mohamad Fauzihas expressed his intention to file his nomination as an Independent candidate for the Pulai parliamentary seat.
The by-elections were being called following Salahuddin’s death last July 23. He was the elected representative for both seats.
Salahuddin, who was Minister of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living, was also Amanah deputy president.
In the Johor State Election in March last year, PH won 13 seats, while Barisan Nasional (BN) dominated the Johor State Assembly with 40 seats, and Perikatan Nasional had three seats.
In the 15th general election held last November, PH won 15 parliamentary seats with Amanah winning two of them, BN (nine) and PN (two).