PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Tian Chua is staying put in Batu after speculation of his transfer to Johor for the coming polls did not sit well with his supporters, says a source.
“He has done a lot in Batu. Even the party leadership knows he has done a lot there,” he told FMT.
The source said some PKR members had recommended that Bukit Lanjan state assemblyman Elizabeth Wong be fielded in Batu and Tian Chua had agreed to this about two weeks ago.
However, his key performance indicators showed that he had a good track record in the Batu constituency.
Earlier today, Tian Chua had announced that he would stay on with the party amid speculation that he might quit.
However, he warned the PKR leadership to be cautious about the selection of candidates and the leadership must pick the “best” person to win the general election.
This is due to speculation that there is a tug-of-war over the candidates’ list presumably between two camps in PKR, one led by deputy president Azmin Ali and the other by vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who is aligned to PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
However, the source said the party president would select the candidates based on their performance.
“Candidates will not be placed based on ‘you are my friend, so I’ll place you in this seat’.
“The list will be based on their performance, parliamentary replies, statistics and ground support.
“It is based on track record,” he said, adding that some of the research on candidates was carried out by Invoke, a policy research outfit run by Rafizi.
He said due to that, there was some misunderstanding over the selection of candidates.
“There is unhappiness brewing because some candidates proposed by Azmin’s side have been rejected,” the source said.
Some quarters have expressed unhappiness that Wangsa Maju’s candidate Dr Tan Kee Kwong may be dropped by the party leadership. He may be replaced by Tan Yee Kew.
However, Tian Chua had told FMT two days ago that if the leadership wanted to replace Tan, the candidate should be young and bilingual as the seat is a Malay-majority seat.
Some sources have also said several PKR members were pushing for Elizabeth Wong, the incumbent of Bukit Lanjan, to replace Tan.
The source revealed that the list also showed R Sivarasa will defend his Sungai Buloh (formerly known as Subang) seat, Wong Chen will stand in Subang (formerly known as Kelana Jaya) and G Manivannan in Kapar.
He added that despite Nurul Izzah Anwar’s earlier statement that she would not be contesting in Permatang Pauh, the list still showed that she would be fielded there while her mother would contest in Pandan.
He said Nurul Izzah would prefer to contest nearer to Selangor or Kuala Lumpur but the party leadership was keen on her standing in Permatang Pauh.
Gombak incumbent Azmin will stand in Ampang and it is still not known who will replace him in Gombak, a PAS stronghold.
However, Azmin needs the green light from Wan Azizah to contest in Ampang, the source added.
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