PETALING JAYA: DAP is fielding 10 Malay candidates for parliamentary and state seats in the peninsula, possibly the most since the party’s inception in 1966, says its national vice-chairman M Kulasegaran.
“The nomination of more Malay candidates only goes to show that we are evolving with the changing political landscape,” he told FMT.
DAP is a multiracial party although its office bearers are predominantly Chinese.
Mentakab incumbent Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji has been nominated for the Raub parliamentary seat which was won by Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz in 2013. Due to ill health, however, Ariff was not nominated to defend his seat.
Bukit Bendera incumbent Zairil Khir Johari will contest the Tanjung Bungah state seat while Penang Island City Council councillor Syerleena Abd Rashid will be fielded in Seri Delima.
Kajang municipal councillor Young Syefura Othman will contest the Ketari seat in Bentong and veteran party member Abu Bakar Lebai Sudin will stand in Pulau Manis, one of two state seats in Pekan where Prime Minister Najib Razak is the incumbent.
Former law professor Abdul Aziz Bari meanwhile has been nominated to contest the Tebing Tinggi seat in Perak, and Selayang municipal councillor Edry Faizal Yusof will contest the Dusun Tua state seat.
Petaling Jaya city councillor Jamaliah Jamaluddin will stand in the Bandar Utama seat, former PAS Youth activist Sheikh Omar Ali will contest in the Johor state seat of Paloh, and Melaka DAP deputy chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee will contest the Pengkalan Batu state seat.
In the 1969 general election, DAP’s Ibrahim Singgeh defeated an Umno candidate for the Tapah state seat in Perak while Hassan Ahmad defeated another Umno candidate in Si Rusa, Negeri Sembilan.
In 1974, Daing Ibrahim Othman defeated an MCA candidate for the Pasir Puteh seat in Perak.
In 1982, Mohd Fadzlan Yahya defeated an MCA candidate for the Pasir Bedamar seat in Perak.
In 1990, former trade unionist Ahmad Nor became the first Malay DAP MP after winning the Bayan Baru seat.
In 2013, meanwhile, Zairil and Ariff were elected as MPs while Tengku Zulpuri was elected as Mentakab assemblyman.
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