KEADILAN Potential Candidates for Hulu Selangor
According to a source, the session took place immediately after the party’s political bureau meeting at about 11pm.
Among those present were Pakatan Rakyat coordinator Zaid Ibrahim, PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin, former ISA detainee and firebrand cleric Badrul Amin Baharun, Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud, Anwar’s former press secretary Khalid Jaafar and human rights lawyer N Surendran.
Others at the meeting were two potential candidates from the Hulu Selangor PKR division – vice-chief Razali Mokhtar and treasurer Dr Halili Rahmat.
The source described it as a ‘meet and greet’ session with Anwar, who has been entrusted with selection of the best candidate for the crucial by-election.
Another source claimed that Syed Shahir and Khalid were frontrunner’s while the rest were either uninterested or wanted to give way to others.
The Hulu Selangor by-election will be announced by the Election Commission today. It was necessitated by the death of Zainal Abidin Ahmad on March 25.
The by-election is a crucial test for PKR which has been rocked by the resignation of three MPs as party members.
It will also be a litmus test on the performance of the party, which leads the Pakatan Rakyat state government.
Barisan Nasional will be working hard to secure a win because since the March 2008 general election, it has yet to score a victory in a opposition held seat, let alone in an opposition held state.