Pick local candidate for Port Dickson by-election, Khairy urges BN

Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin says it will be tough for BN to win.

PETALING JAYA: Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin today urged Barisan Nasional (BN) to field a local candidate in the Port Dickson (PD) by-election.

He said in his opinion, the most suitable candidate was Linggi assemblyman Rahman Redza.

“He is a two-term assemblyman with a good track record,” Khairy said in a series of tweets.

PKR announced earlier today that president-elect Anwar Ibrahim will contest the Port Dickson seat as he attempts to make a parliamentary comeback and eventually take over as the eighth prime minister.

A by-election is expected to be held after former Navy officer Danyal Balagopal Abdullah vacated the seat.

Khairy said following the announcement, many had proposed that (Umno deputy president) Mohamad Hasan should be the BN candidate for the seat.

“I have a bit of political experience in Nismilan (Negeri Sembilan). PD, previously known as Teluk Kemang, is best represented by a local candidate, even when it is difficult for BN to win,” he said.

Khairy said Rahman would be a good choice as he is still in his 40s and is a lawyer who graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE).

It will be the first time that Anwar stands in a seat outside his hometown of Penang, where he represented Permatang Pauh twice, including for 16 years before his dramatic sacking as deputy prime minister in 1998.

Danyal obtained 36,225 votes in the 14th general election, defeating BN’s VS Mogan (18,515 votes) and PAS’ Mahfuz Roslan (6,594 votes).