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PAS pulls out, Nasir says thanks but…

 | April 27, 2013

PAS has decided to withdraw from the battle for the Kota Damansara seat. The PSM incumbent appreciates the move but states that damage has been done.

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KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has decided to withdraw its candidate from the multi-cornered battle for the Kota Damansara state seat.

At a press conference here, the Islamic party’s secretary general Mustafa Ali said following negotiations, PAS has decided to opt out.

“I am announcing that for the Kota Damansara state seat, we shall revert to the status quo as before nomination day. The seat is allocated to PKR,” he added.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) leader Nasir Hashim is the incumbent. He will be contesting under the PKR logo instead of PSM’s clenched fist.

Mustafa said following this decision, the candidate contesting under the PKR banner would be the official Pakatan Rakyat representative.

On nomination day, PAS angered PSM and its supporters when its candidate Razali Ismail submitted his papers

Now with Razali out of the race, Nasir will be defending his seat against Umno-BN’s Halimatun Saadiah Bohan and three independents Edrus Abdullah, Halmi Omar and A Suppiah.

‘Thanks, but damage done’

Commenting on the latest development, Nasir said he appreciated PAS’s decision but “damage was already done”.

“We appreciate and are thankful to PAS for its decision. We now hope that they would tell their members and supporters to vote for me

“Unfortunately the damage was already done. This should have been resolved on nomination day,” he told FMT

Elaborating on the damage, Nasir said that voters may still be confused because the PAS candidate’s name will still appear on the ballot paper on May 5.

The Election Commission had announced several days ago that candidates are not allowed to pull out from the race after filing their nomination papers.

There are 44,992 voters in Kota Damansara of which 56% are Malays, 29% are Chinese and Indians, 13% others/

Nasir, a first term assemblyman had clinched the Kota Damansara seat during the 12th general election by defeating Umno’s Zein Isma Ismail with 1,075-vote majority.


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