PETALING JAYA: PPBM deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir is among two candidates who will be challenging Muhyiddin Yassin for the party’s presidency in the coming polls, its election committee chairman Syed Hamid Albar announced.
Syed Hamid also announced that Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the sole candidate for the chairman’s post.
Party secretary-general Marzuki Yahya and Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu will vie for the deputy president’s post.
Syed Hamid said candidates were given between 10am and 3pm today to register, which meant that Mahathir did not have to contest with anyone else for the chairman’s post.
He said Muhyiddin and Mukhriz will also be challenged by Cheras division chief Mohd Faiz Azlee Sham while the deputy president’s post will also be contested by deputy Selangor PPBM Youth head Anas Akashah Nazri.
There are 169 candidates for vice-president, including Special Functions Minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof, Education Minister Mohd Radzi Jidin, Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Ronald Kiandee and Johor PPBM chairman Mazlan Bujang.
The PPBM Youth chief’s post will also see a three-way contest with Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal and Mohd Zamil Ismail vying for the position.
Four candidates have been nominated for party women’s chief – Women and Family Minister Rina Harun, Azlina Mehtab Mohd Ishab, Iza Ismail and Zuhuraina Makmur.
Syed Hamid said he hoped candidates did not make use of positions and money to leverage votes, adding that he wanted individuals who were clean and had integrity.
“We had branch meetings and there have been complaints of money politics.
“So even if they win, if the disciplinary board has evidence of misuse of power and money to acquire votes, they can lose their posts and positions in the party,” he said, adding that being suspended or booted from the party was also a possibility.
Nominations for the key positions will be confirmed on Monday and delegates from 189 divisions will pick their choices on April 18.
The election will be held at the party’s general assembly, scheduled for June 20.