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Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi delivers his speech speech during BN’s candidates announcement for the six state elections at Dewan Tun Hussein Onn, Kuala Lumpur World Trade Centre on July 21, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Kemaman Umno’s stronghold, not PAS’, says Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi believes the party can wrest back the Kemaman parliamentary seat in Terengganu in the December 2 by-election as the constituency is a Umno stronghold and not that of PAS.

Zahid, who is also the deputy prime minister, said the party’s defeat in the 15th General Election (GE15) was due to slander against Umno and BN, besides the opposition’s extraordinary financial resources.

“We feel that Kemaman is not a PAS fortress, Kemaman is Umno’s stronghold.

“But, due to the slander and outpouring of hate against Umno and BN, as well as the use of financial resources that were extraordinary back then, we didn’t get sufficient votes in Kemaman,” he said at the announcement of the BN candidate for the Kemaman by-election at Menara Dato’ Onn, here, today.

Former Chief of Defence Forces General (Rtd) Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor has been named as BN’s direct candidate to contest in the Kemaman by-election.

Zahid said Affandi, who grew up in Kemaman, is seen as able to garner the support of the people and wrest back the seat based on his leadership in the army.

“He has a very strong background in the military career and he has gone through this professional career diligently,” he said.

Asked about Umno and BN machinery’s acceptance of Affandi’s selection as BN’s candidate, Zahid expressed confidence in the backing of party members and voters in Kemaman.

The Election Commission has set polling for the by-election on December 2, nomination on November 18 and early voting on November 28.

The by-election is being called after the Terengganu Election Court nullified the victory of PAS’ Che Alias Hamid, who had been declared the winner of the Kemaman parliamentary seat in GE15 last year.

BN previously held the Kemaman parliamentary seat through Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek for three terms before it changed hands to PAS in GE14.

— Bernama

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