PETALING JAYA: Analysts have questioned the rationale of Shahidan Kassim contesting for a state seat in Selangor in the upcoming state polls, amid speculation he would contest for the Semenyih seat.
Akademi Nusantara’s Azmi Hassan said Perikatan Nasional (PN) should offer the people of Selangor a better leader than Shahidan, whom Azmi said was “synonymous” with Perlis.
“Shahidan does not bring any meaning to the people of Selangor,” he told FMT.
Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) believed that Shahidan’s focus on Perlis all this while would limit his contributions to PN’s efforts of wresting Selangor from Pakatan Harapan (PH).
Although the Arau MP used to be in the federal government and served as a minister twice, Fauzi said his exposure and achievements were limited.
Shahidan had served as federal territories minister from August 2021 to November 2022 and a minister in the prime minister’s department from 2013 to 2018.
Shahidan had reportedly hinted at contesting in one of the upcoming six state elections. While he did not reveal which seat he was eyeing, there is speculation that he was eyeing the Semenyih seat in Selangor.
PH’s Bakhtiar Nor had won the seat in 2018, but Barisan Nasional (BN) won it in a 2019 by-election following Bakhtiar’s demise.
Meanwhile, Ilham Centre executive director Hisommudin Bakar pointed out that PN will only need to win 29 of the 33 state constituencies of which more than 60% of voters comprised Malays in order to form the state government.
He believed PN could surprise many in Selangor, if the wave of support the coalition enjoyed in the 15th general election (GE15) continued.
The Selangor state assembly has 56 seats, which means that a simple majority of 29 seats is enough to form the state government.