The word from Umno is that he will take on the state’s PAS commissioner in Paroi.
SEREMBAN: Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan is set to contest the PAS-held Paroi state seat in the coming election, a move Umno describes as bold but which a PKR official sees as an indication of his lack of choices.
Paroi, currently held by PAS commissioner Mohd Taufek Abdul Ghani, was the only state seat in Negeri Sembilan that PAS won in the last general election.
An Umno insider said Mohamad had decided to take on Taufek in order to boost the morale of his party machinery.
“Taufek is the favourite candidate at the moment to win again the Paroi seat,” said the source.
“By contesting in Paroi, Mohamad will checkmate Taufek and end PAS’ dominance in Paroi.”
He said Umno was determined to take back all the state seats it lost in the 2008 election.
The source appeared confident that Mohamad would win against Taufek because he “will bring along the Menteri Besar title with him”.
“It will send a signal to voters that if Mohamad wins and returns as Menteri Besar again, the people of Paroi will benefit the most.”
However, Rembau PKR chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin told FMT that Mohamad had no choice but to contest in Paroi as he was set to lose his Rantau seat.
“There are strong waves within Rantau Umno to oust Mohamad Hasan and he knows this,” said Badrul, popularly known Chegu Bard.
“He knows he’s already lost the Chinese and Indian support in Rantau.
“Due to infighting in Umno, some Umno supporters in Rantau are set to vote for the Pakatan Rakyat candidate this time as sign of protest.”
Both Paroi and Rantau are within the Rembau parliamentary constituency, and Mohamad heads Umno’s Rembau division.
“I believe Mohamad is set to be titled ‘former Menteri Besar’ as Taufek’s track record in Paroi is excellent, Badrul said.
“Rembau PKR will mobilise our machinery to make sure Taufek retains the seat.”