Nurul Izzah faces ‘fantastic’ fight, says Penang Umno

Penang BN says there are 31 new faces among the 53 nominated to contest in the general election.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Umno has promised to give PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar “a fantastic fight” in the general election contest for Permatang Pauh, a seat held by her parents in turn for eight terms since 1982.

“We will give a fantastic fight. We welcome Nurul to Permatang Pauh. I think she is going to have a very tough fight,” state Umno chief Zainal Abidin Osman told reporters.

A “formidable team” of Umno candidates has been lined up for the contest, he said after the Penang Barisan Nasional slate was announced.

This morning, PKR announced that Nurul Izzah would be the Pakatan Harapan nominee for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency. Her mother, party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, is to contest in Pandan, Selangor.

PAS has said it would field state Youth leader Afnan Hamimi Taeb Azamudden.

The Umno team in the contest comprises Permatang Pauh Umno leader Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said, and the three nominees for the state assembly seats within Permatang Pauh: They are: Abu Bakar Sidekh Zainul Abidin (Seberang Jaya); Anuar Faisal Yahaya (Permatang Pasir) and Suhaimi Sabudin (Penanti)

The Penang BN line-up was announced by state BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow today. He said 31 of the 53 candidates (60%) were new faces; only 10 of the rest were being fielded for re-election.

Teng said seven of the new candidates are below 40, with the youngest being 32 years old. “We are contesting to win. If the voters want us to govern Penang, we are ready, we have the experience,” he said.

Those seeking re-election:

Parliament:

Kepala Batas: Reezal Merican Naina Merican

Tasek Gelugor: Shabudin Yahaya

Balik Pulau: Hilmi Yahaya

State:

Penaga: Mohd Zain Ahmad

Bertam: Shariful Azhar Othman

Pinang Tunggal: Roslan Saidin

Sungai Dua: Mohd Yusoff Mohd Nor

Sungai Acheh: Mahmud Zakaria

Pulau Betong: Muhammad Farid Saad

Telok Bahang: Shah Haedan Ayoob Hussain Shah

The rest:

Parliament:

Bagan: Lee Beng Seng, Michael

Permatang Pauh: Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said

Bkt Mertajam: Gui Guat Lye

Batu Kawan: Jayanthi Devi Balaguru *

Nibong Tebal: Shaik Hussein Mydin

Jelutong: Baljit Singh Jigiri Singh

Tanjong: Ng Siew Lai *

Bkt Gelugor: Low Joo Hiap

Bayan Baru: Chuah Seng Guan

Bukit Bendera: Andy Yong Kim Seng

State

Sungai Puyu: Lim Hai Song

Bagan Jermal : Ang Chor Keong

Bagan Dalam: Dhinagaran Jayabalan

Seberang Jaya: Abu Bakar Sidekh Zainul Abidin

Permatang Pasir: Anuar Faisal Yahaya

Permatang Berangan: Nor Hafizah Othman

Telok Ayer: Zamri Che Ros

Penanti: Suhaimi Sabudin

Berapit: Goh Swee Gim

Machang Bubok: Tan Teik Cheng *

Padang Lalang: Kuan Hin Yeep

Perai: Suresh Muniandy

Bukit Tengah: Thor Teong Gee *

Bukit Tambun: Hartini Tan Abdullah

Jawi: Kiew Hen Chong

Sg Bakap: Mohamed Sani Bakar

Padang Kota: Hng Khoon Leng

Pengkalan Kota: Lim Swee Bok

Komtar: Tan Hing Teik

Dato Keramat: Lee Boon Ten *

Sungai Pinang: Ng Fook On *

Batu Lancang: Koo Pei Chee

Seri Delima: Khoo Kay Teong

Air Itam: Tan Kah Leong

Paya Terubong: Wong Chin Chong

Batu Uban: Hng Chee Wey

Pantai Jerejak: Oh Tong Keong *

Batu Maung: Liakat Ali Mohamed Ali

Bayan Lepas: Rusli Hashim

Air Putih: Tang Heap Seng *

Kebun Bunga: Ooi Zhi Yi

Pulau Tikus: Loo Jieh Sheng *

Tanjung Bungah: Teng Chang Yeow *

(Note: * marks those who have contested in previous general elections.)

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