PAS picks doctor as candidate in Seri Setia

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang presents documents affirming Dr Halimah Ali as the party’s choice.

PETALING JAYA: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang tonight named Dr Halimah Ali as the party’s candidate in the Seri Setia by-election.

Hadi made the announcement at an event at PRK Seri Setia in Desa Mentari here.

Also present were Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and the party’s secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.

The Seri Setia state seat in Selangor fell vacant following the death of assemblyman Shaharuddin Badaruddin from colon cancer.

Halimah, a medical doctor, said this would be her fifth time representing PAS as an election candidate.

“The people’s voice has to be strong in the Selangor state assembly. We need to give a strong signal to the state leadership and the Pakatan Harapan federal government,” she said.

Halimah is also a member of the party’s central committee and a former Selangor executive councillor.

Umno has said it would make way for PAS to contest in the Seri Setia by-election to return the favour after PAS did not contest in the Sungai Kandis by-election.

The Seri Setia and Balakong by-elections will be held simultaneously on Sept 8.

EC deputy chairman Othman Mahmood said the campaign period for both by-elections will stretch for 21 days. Nomination day will be on Aug 18.