Ex-Perak MB Nizar to contest in Bukit Gantang (the Star)
TAIPING: Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is the PAS candidate for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary by-election.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang made the announcement during a ceramah at Padang Taman Kota near here last night.
The crowd of 2,000 people went wild when Nizar, one of five possible candidates tipped to run for the post, was finally confirmed as Pakatan Rakyat’s choice.
Nizar’s selection as a candidate is said to be against the wishes of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
Asked why he was selected, Nizar said there must have been reasons, adding that a press conference would be called later.
To a question on whether this was because his claim as the legitimate Mentri Besar would be more effective in garnering votes, he replied: “It may be so.”
Nizar, 52, is Pasir Panjang assemblyman and Perak PAS deputy commissioner.
In a brief speech following the announcement, Nizar thanked those present for their trust in him and promised to continue the excellent work of the late MP Roslan Shaharom.
Roslan had succumbed to a heart attack last month.
Nizar urged the people to turn the by-election into a chance for Pakatan to bring good to the constituency.