Perak BN drops Ka Chuan in favour of younger candidates

Ong Ka Chuan will be replaced as BN’s Tanjung Malim candidate by Perak MCA chief Mah Hang Soon.

PETALING JAYA: Two-term Tanjung Malim incumbent Ong Ka Chuan will not be defending his seat as Perak Barisan Nasional (BN) appears to be heeding the call by Prime Minister Najib Razak to field young candidates in the coming election.

The international trade and industry minister II will be replaced by Perak MCA chief Mah Hang Soon.

Other notable omissions are Trong assemblyman Zabri Abd Wahid, Parit MP Zaim Abu Hasan and Kampung Gajah assemblyman Abdullah Fauzi Ahmad Razali.

The line-up featured many new faces including Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang who will contest the Taiping seat.

It was announced that Perak BN has dropped eight incumbents for the coming polls. This means there will be 54.3% new faces for state seats and 29% for parliamentary seats.

The youth secured 30.5% of the state seats and 16.6% of the parliamentary seats.

Perak BN has also included 13 women candidates: 10 for state seats and three for parliamentary constituencies.

Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Kadir is contesting the Lumut parliamentary and Pangkor state seats, while Umno heavyweights, acting deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Supreme Council member Nazri Aziz, will defend Bagan Datuk and Padang Rengas respectively.

The following is the list of Perak BN candidates for parliamentary seats:

Gerik – Hasbullah Osman

Lenggong – Shamsul Anuar Nasarah

Larut – Hamzah Zainudin

Parit Buntar – Puhat Nayan

Bagan Serai – Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali

Bukit Gantang – Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed

Taiping – Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang

Padang Rengas – Umno Supreme Council member Nazri Aziz

Sungai Siput – MIC deputy president SK Devamany

Tambun – Ahmad Huzni Hanadzlah

Ipoh Timor – Kathleen Wong Mei Yin

Ipoh Barat – Cheng Wei Yee

Batu Gajah – Leong Chee Wai

Kuala Kangsar – Mastura Yazid

Beruas – Pang Chok King

Parit – Nizar Zakaria

Kampar – Lee Chee Leong

Gopeng – Wanita MCA chief Heng Seai Kie

Tapah – M Saravanan

Pasir Salak – Umno Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman

Lumut – Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Kadir

Bagan Datuk – Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Teluk Intan – Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong

Tanjong Malim – Perak MCA chairman Dr Mah Hang Soon

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