Umno will decide on candidate for Slim by-election on Sunday

BN secretary-general Annuar Musa says Perak BN had submitted its list of suitable candidates.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will be deciding on its candidate for the Slim by-election on Sunday.

BN secretary-general Annuar Musa said Perak BN had submitted its shortlisted candidates for the by-election to Umno headquarters.

“Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will select the candidate officially and it would be announced three days before the Aug 15 nomination day,” he told reporters after performing Aidiladha prayers and witnessing the sacrificial ritual at the Tengku Abdul Aziz Shah Jamek Mosque in Kampung Sungai Penchala, Damansara.

Earlier, Perak PPBM confirmed giving way and lending its full support to Umno to contest in the by-election.

Annuar said for the Slim by-election, BN, together with Muafakat Nasional (Umno and PAS) and Perak PPBM, had agreed to set up a joint committee named Muafakat Nasional “Plus”.

“Alhamdulillah (thank God) everything is well and PN as well as BN, with their experienced machinery, would have no problem.

“It just needs monitoring because we have agreed to form a Muafakat Nasional Plus joint committee, comprising PPBM, PAS and other parties, for the first time in the spirit of Perikatan Nasional (PN).”

The Slim by-election is being held following the death of incumbent Mohd Khushairi Abdul Talib of BN on July 15.

The Election Committee (EC) has set Aug 29 as polling day for the Slim by-election, Aug 15 as nomination day and Aug 25 for early voting.