PORT DICKSON: Independent candidate Stevie Chan Keng Leong has rubbished claims that he was sponsored by individuals with vested interests, including Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to contest in the Port Dickson (PD) by-election.
He stressed that he was not “an ideal candidate” to be sponsored by anybody.
“Many are saying that I am contesting because I was sponsored by Azmin (PKR deputy president Mohammed Azmin Ali)… Tun M (Mahathir)… some are saying Umno and some are also saying MCA.
“This is utter nonsense… I do not know any of them personally. I am far different from the others… no operations room, my team is just made up of five people… so what is being sponsored?,” he said while campaigning in Bagan Pinang here today.
Meanwhile, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said PD voters might face another by-election if Pakatan Harapan candidate, PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim, is disqualified as a candidate.
Speaking in Teluk Kemang here, he said PAS was hoping that the court would expedite the hearing of an originating summons filed by a voter in the parliamentary constituency for a declaration that Anwar was not qualified to contest in the by-election.
He said PAS had also objected to Anwar’s candidacy on nomination day (Sept 29) but it was rejected by the returning officer.
The Port Dickson by-election on Oct 13 will see seven candidates battling it out. Anwar is facing a candidate from PAS and five independents including Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, a former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar, and Chan.