MUAR: PPBM will announce its candidates list for the coming election on Sunday, according to party president Muhyiddin Yassin.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s office in Pagoh here, Muhyiddin said nearly 95% of the candidates had been decided on.
“There are a few seats in Selangor which we have not decided on yet but we will get that sorted within this week as well,” he said.
He explained that the delay in naming the candidates was because there were some seats with too many potential candidates as well as some seats where it seemed like there were no suitable candidates.
“We feel this Sunday (April 15) is good, as it will allow enough time for the candidates to look at the landscape of their seats and go down and get close to the voters before election day.”
The Election Commission (EC) had announced May 9 as polling day, a decision that had caused a lot of controversy as it sits in the middle of the week on a Wednesday.
So far the only candidate PPBM has officially announced is the party’s youth leader Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, who will contest the Muar parliamentary seat.
Today’s press conference was to announce that the party had filed its second judicial review following the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) declaration on the provisional suspension of PPBM on April 5.
RoS said PPBM was disbanded for 30 days after it failed to furnish the minutes of its branch, divisional and central leadership meetings within a stipulated deadline.
Last week, PPBM applied to the High Court for a court order to nullify the RoS’ declaration on the provisional deregistration of PPBM through a media statement.
It also wanted the court to stop the RoS from taking any unlawful action that would prevent the existence of PPBM as a valid political party.
However, on Wednesday, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur dismissed PPBM’s bid for a judicial review.
Justice Kamaludin Md Said denied the opposition party leave to initiate the judicial review on the grounds that the registrar’s provisional deregistration, made under Section 14(2) of the Societies Act, had become academic.
Muhyiddin today claimed that the Barisan Nasional (BN) would be punished for what it was supposedly making the RoS do.
“It has ignited the fire within people who believe in justice and believe in democracy. They can cheat and try to cut our influence short but they will be punished,” he said.