PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new party, Parti Pejuang Tanahair (Pejuang), tonight named Perak-born syarie lawyer Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi as its candidate for the upcoming Slim by-election.
The 38-year-old candidate, who will stand as an independent, was announced at an event in Slim, Perak, broadcast live on Facebook.
Present were Mahathir, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, DAP’s organising secretary Loke Siew Fook and former PPBM leaders including Mukhriz Mahathir and Marzuki Yahya.
The by-election, to take place on Aug 29, was called following the death of assemblyman Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib, 59, of a heart attack on July 15.
Khusairi had been re-elected to the seat in 2018 after defeating PPBM candidate Mohd Amran Ibrahim and PAS candidate Muhammad Zulfadli Zainal by a majority of 2,183 votes.
Earlier today, Barisan Nasional named Tanjung Malim acting Umno chief Mohd Zaidi Aziz as the coalition’s candidate.
Nominations will be held on Saturday.
In a speech, Mahathir expressed hope there would be no “political frogs” in Slim, alluding to the defections in Sabah, which led to the state assembly being dissolved.
He also claimed that “billions of ringgit” had been offered to assemblymen to jump ship from the Warisan-led government.
“I hope that in Slim we are not descendants of frogs,” he said, adding that the party rejected money politics.
Mahathir also revealed the name of his new party. In a blogpost earlier today, he said it would be known as Pejuang but did not give its full name.