BN aims to announce Tanjung Piai candidate by month-end

Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa says Barisan Nasional (BN) will likely announce its candidate for the Tanjung Piai by-election by the end of the month.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, he said the Umno leadership and other BN component parties had shortlisted their candidates, with a list given to Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi two days ago.

“The decision on the candidate will be made soon. We hope to announce the candidate a week before nomination day,” he added.

“That will be decided by the BN presidential council in a meeting. It’s just that for management purposes, it will be announced on Oct 26 or 27.”

The Tanjung Piai seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent, PPBM’s Md Farid Md Rafik who died of heart failure at Pontian Hospital on Sept 21.

The by-election will be held on Nov 16.

Annuar said BN might also wait for Pakatan Harapan to announce its candidate for the seat before revealing its choice.

He added that BN had recently concluded a study on voter sentiment in the area, with reports submitted to Zahid for further action.

“Let the president make the decision,” he said on whether a candidate from MCA or Umno would be fielded.