Mat Sabu in three-way fight for ​’safe’ ​​Kota Raja

Amanah president Mat Sabu (with tag) marching to the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) Dewan Kemuning Utama, with DAP’s V Ganabathirao (white shirt, glasses) and PH supporters.

KLANG: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu (Mat Sabu) is confident he will be able to defeat his rival from PAS after being confirmed as one of three contenders to be MP for Kota Raja, Selangor.

Barisan Nasional supporters arriving at the nomination centre.

Mat Sabu’s rivals in the general election on May 9 are V Gunalan of Barisan Nasional and Mohamed Diah Baharun of PAS.

The returning officer, Shah Alam deputy mayor Shukri Mohamad Hamin, announced all three as candidates this morning after accepting their nominations papers at Shah Alam City Council. Kota Raja also contains three state assembly seats: Sentosa, Sungai Kandis and Kota Kemuning.

PAS supporters were the largest in number and shared some banter with Mat Sabu’s supporters from Pakatan Harapan.

Mat Sabu said he was confident he could defeat the PAS contender as Pakatan Harapan had multi-racial support. “Our advantage is that this is a mixed-seat,” he said, adding that neither Barisan Nasional nor PAS was a threat.

All Pakatan Harapan candidates will contest the general election as PKR candidates, using the PKR symbol as their common logo.

Mat Sabu is making another attempt at being elected to Parliament after suffering defeats in previous elections when fielded in Malay-majority constituencies.

Amanah sources told FMT recently that he was being fielded in Kota Raja, considered to be a safe seat because of its mixed electorate, to ensure that the party president was present in Parliament.

Amanah has said that Mat Sabu standing as a “national figure” had made it possible for him to contest anywhere in the country.

Kota Raja has seen some internal conflict over the choice of candidate.

Amanah’s local division chief Jaafar Samsudin, who is also Selangor Amanah election director, left the party in disappointment that a local candidate was not being fielded for the seat. However, he returned shortly afterwards.

Amanah’s wanita leader Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud was a two-term MP for Kota Raja after she competed and won while with PAS in 2008 and 2013.

Siti Mariah will now compete for the Seri Serdang state seat in Puchong.

The candidates are:

Parliamentary seat

Kota Raja

  • Mohamad Sabu (PH-Amanah)
  • V Gunalan (BN)
  • Mohamed Diah Baharun (PAS)

State assembly seats


  • Gunaraj George (PH-PKR)
  • R Subramaniam (BN)
  • Rajan Manikesavan (PAS)
  • M Telai Ambalam (Ind.)
  • P Sundarajoo (Ind.)

Sungai Kandis

  • Shuhaimee Shafiee (PH-PKR)
  • Kamaruzzaman Johari (BN)
  • Mohd Yusof Abdullah (PAS)
  • Hanafiah Husin (PRM)

Kota Kemuning

  • V Ganabathirao (PH-DAP)
  • Tiew Hock Huat (BN)
  • Burhan Adnan (PAS)
  • Abdul Razak Ismail (PSM)
  • Raja Segaran (Ind.)

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