PSM names Nik Aziz for Semenyih

Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul at the announcement of his candidacy. He is flanked by PSM chairman Nasir Hashim (left) and central committee member S Arutchelvan.

SEMENYIH: PSM has named local activist Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul as its candidate for the Semenyih by-election to be held next month.

In naming the party’s candidate, PSM chairman Nasir Hashim said he believes that Nik Aziz, 25, is the ideal person to bring about changes in the constituency.

“He is a young and committed man,” he said at a press conference.

According to PSM, while Nik Aziz did not complete his university studies, he had been very active on the ground and had in 2015 and 2017 helped flood victims in Kelantan.

The youngest of four siblings, Nik Aziz said he was not ashamed about not having a degree.

“It’s more important to be honest and I have nothing to hide.

“I’m not in politics to make money; I just want to help the people,” Nik Aziz, who runs a traditional massage business, told reporters.

The seat fell vacant after its incumbent assemblyman, Bakhtiar Mohd Nor, of PPBM, died on Jan 11 from a heart attack.

In the 14th general election, Bakhtiar defeated BN, PAS and PSM in a four-cornered fight, obtaining a majority of 8,964 votes. He garnered 23,428 votes.

Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan will announce their candidates tomorrow.

Before this, activist Kuan Chee Heng, also known as “Uncle Kentang” or the “10-sen man”, threw his hat into the ring, while Gerakan said it was also likely to contest the state seat.

Nominations for the by-election will be on Saturday. Voters will go to the polls on March 2