SHAH ALAM: Perikatan Nasional has yet to decide on its candidate for the Kemaman parliamentary by-election fixed for Dec 2, says PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.
Takiyuddin said the coalition would announce its candidate for the polls a day before nominations, which would take place on Nov 18.
When asked if former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be fielded as PN’s candidate, he said: “Any Malaysian is entitled to be a candidate, whether they are from Terengganu or other states.”
Rumours of PN fielding Mahathir in Kemaman were previously dismissed by PAS vice-president Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, who said PN could retain the Islamic party’s previous candidate Che Alias Hamid to defend the seat.
During the 15th general election (GE15), Che Alias won the seat with a majority of 27,170 votes over his closest rival, former menteri besar Ahmad Said of Barisan Nasional.
However, on Sept 26, the result was nullified and the seat vacated following the Kuala Terengganu election court’s ruling that the distribution of i-Belia and i-Siswa government aid to voters during the GE15 campaign period constituted election bribery.
The money had been distributed at events organised by the PAS-controlled Terengganu state government.
PAS decided not to file an appeal against the election court’s ruling.
Separately, Takiyuddin said the party had yet to receive an official invitation from Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to join the unity government.
Takiyuddin said he came to know about the said “invite” from the article published in Time Magazine.
“We have not received anything,” he told reporters.
Anwar, who is also the Pakatan Harapan chairman, reportedly told Time Magazine the offer had yet to be rejected by PAS, and neither had he received any positive feedback.