SEREMBAN: Negeri Sembilan Barisan Nasional chairman and Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan will defend his Rantau state seat, which he has held since 2004, in the upcoming polls.
However, former menteri besar Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, who was in power in the state for 22 years from 1982 to 2002, was dropped.
His Jempol seat, where he was MP from 2004 to 2008 and since 2013, will be contested by Umno’s Jempol division head Mohd Salim Sharif.
Isa, the acting chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission and former chairman of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), currently heads Umno’s Port Dickson (formerly Telok Kemang) division.
In announcing BN’s candidates in Negeri Sembilan here today, Mohamad also confirmed that BN Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and state Umno deputy chairman Shaziman Abu Mansor would also defend their respective Rembau dan Tampin parliamentary seats.
Khairy, who is youth and sports minister, has been Rembau MP for two terms since 2008, while Shaziman, who served in the Cabinet from 2008 to 2013, has been Tampin MP for four terms since 1999.
Malaysian ambassador to Cambodia Hasan Malek was also listed to defend his Kuala Pilah parliamentary seat, which he has held since 2004.
Also in the list was 41-year-old motivational speaker Syamsul Amri Ismail, popularly known as Syamsul Debat, who was named as BN’s candidate for the Sikamat state seat.
The state has eight parliamentary and 36 state seats. In the last election in 2013, BN won 22 state seats and five parliamentary seats, namely Jelebu, Jempol, Kuala Pilah, Rembau and Tampin.
Meanwhile, MIC Youth deputy chief R Thinalan said his appointment as candidate for the Sri Tanjung (formerly Port Dickson) state seat was a continuation of the legacy of this late father, T Rajagopalu, who died on Aug 5, 2014.
The eldest of three siblings, Thinalan said his father, who was formerly a MIC secretary-general, was the constituency’s representative for one term in 2004.
“In 2008 and 2013, the seat was won by the opposition. It is my hope to win it back and restore the glory of the constituency,” he said.
The BN parliamentary candidates:
Jelebu – Jalaluddin Alias (Umno)
Jempol – Mohd Salim Sharif @ Mohd Sharif (Umno)
Seremban – Chong Sin Woon (MCA)
Kuala Pilah – Hasan Malek (Umno)
Rasah – Ng Kian Nam (MCA)
Rembau – Khairy Jamaludin Abu Bakar (Umno)
Port Dickson (Telok Kemang) – VS Mogan (MIC)
Tampin – Shaziman Abu Mansor (Umno)
The state candidates:
Chennah – Seet Tee Gee (MCA)
Pertang – Norazmi Yusof (Umno)
Sungai Lui – Mohd Razi Mohd Ali (Umno)
Klawang – Baharuddin Jali (Umno)
Serting – Shamsulkahar Mohd Deli (Umno)
Palong – Mustapha Nagoor (Umno)
Jeram Padang – L Manickam (MIC)
Bahau – Chong Wan You (MCA)
Lenggeng – Mazalan Maarop (Umno)
Nilai – Leaw Kok Chan (MCA)
Lobak – Lim Kok Kean (Mca)
Temiang – Siow Koi Voon (MCA)
Sikamat – Syamsul Amri Ismail (Umno)
Ampangan – Abu Ubaidah Redza (Umno)
Juasseh – Ismail Lasim (Umno)
Seri Menanti – Abdul Samad Ibrahim (Umno)
Senaling – Adnan Abu Hassan (Umno)
Pilah – Norhayati Omar (Umno)
Johol – Saiful Yazan Sulaiman (Umno)
Labu – Hasim Rusdi (Umno)
Bukit Kepayang – Mak Kah Keong (Gerakan)
Rahang – Yap Siok Moy (MCA)
Mambau – Ho Choy Sin (MCA)
Seremban Jaya (Senawang) – Chong Vee Hing (Gerakan)
Paroi – Mohd Ghazali Abd Wahid (Umno)
Chembong – Zaifulbahri Idris (Umno)
Rantau – Mohamad Hasan (Umno)
Kota – Awaludin Said (Umno)
Chuah – Lim Chin Fui (MCA)
Lukut – Yeong Kun You (MCA)
Bagan Pinang – Tun Hairudin Abu Bakar (Umno)
Linggi – Abdul Rahman Mohd Redza (Umno)
Sri Tanjung (Port Dickson) – R Thinalan (MIC)
Gemas – Abdul Razak Ab Said (Umno)
Gemencheh – Mohd Isam Mohd Isa (Umno)
Repah – Koh Kim Swee (MCA)