Isa confident past controversies won’t affect chances in PD

Former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Isa Samad hopes voters in Port Dickson will support him.

PORT DICKSON: Isa Samad, who is contesting in the Port Dickson by-election as an independent candidate, is confident controversies linked to him in the past would not affect his chances at the polls.

The former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar said the other candidates in the seven-cornered fight for the parliamentary constituency also have issues of their own.

He also considers controversies linked to him in the May 9 polls, especially the ones related to Felda, to be a tactic employed by his opponents.

“It is up to Port Dickson voters to decide whether they know me better,” he said, referring to the transfer of the agency’s land in Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, in December last year.

Isa hoped the voters would give him a chance to represent them.

The former Felda chairman also dismissed news reports, that he would return to Umno after the by-election, as “inaccurate”.

“The headline and the article itself are different. My focus is to win this by-election.”

Apart from Isa, others vying for the seat are PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim, Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) retiree Lt Col (R) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar (PAS) and four other independent candidates – Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, social media personality Stevie Chan Keng Leong, Kan Chee Yuen and former lecturer Lau Seck Yan.

The Port Dickson parliamentary by-election was triggered after its incumbent Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, 68, vacated the seat on Sept 12 to enable Anwar to contest and return to Parliament if he wins.

In the 14th general election, Danyal beat BN’s VS Mogan and Mahfuz Roslan of PAS after garnering 36,225 votes.

The Election Commission has set Oct 13 for polling day, while early voting is on Oct 9.