Sg Kandis By-Election: BN’s Lokman vs PH’s Zawawi

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Rabble-rouser Lokman Adam is now probably best known as a defender of his former boss Najib.

Updated: The Sungai Kandis by-election will see independent candidate Murthi Krishnasamy contesting. This was announced by the Election Commission after nomination closed at 10am on Saturday (July 21).

Updated: Chaos erupted when BN supporters marched towards the nomination hall, defying the rule of keeping a 50-metre distance. The Federal Reserve Unit installed barricades to prevent BN supporters from marching any further.

Umno has named its supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the upcoming Sungai Kandis by-election on Aug 4.

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His candidacy was announced yesterday by Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

Lokman, 45, has been making the headlines recently with his organisation Pemantau Malaysia Baru (New Malaysia Monitor), which has been critical of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Government.

He was a director of the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) under former prime minister Najib Razak.

He entered politics as a PKR member during the height of the Reformasi movement before moving to Umno.

The nomination came as a surprise as most expected either Kota Raja Wanita Umno chief Suhaila M Zin or Youth vice-chief Rafify Ramlan to be the candidate.

The Sungai Kandis state seat fell vacant after the death of assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafie on July 2 from lymphoma.

Mat Shuhaimi was the former political secretary of Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

He won the Sungai Kandis seat with a 12,480-vote majority in GE14.

On Thursday (July 19), Selangor Umno liaison committee deputy chairman Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan said Umno would contest the seat using the Barisan logo and not the party logo.

Lokman will face off with PKR candidate Zawawi Ahmad Mughni, who is a training consultant and religious teacher.

Zawawi has a master’s in Education and a degree in Arabic from the famed Al-Azhar University in Egypt.

The nomination day will be on July 21, as set by the Election Commission (EC).

Lokman is now probably best known as a defender of his former boss Najib.

Following Najib’s downfall, Lokman has been defending him and his family.

It was reported that he maintained Najib had been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with the 1MDB scandal.

He also accused PH of training its guns on Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, when it could not find dirt on the former premier.

Lokman reportedly said Najib lost Umno and Malay support because he did a lot for the Chinese, despite the community not supporting BN.

In the past, he had defended another Umno leader in trouble – Anwar Ibrahim, after he was sacked by Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1998.

Lokman’s standing up for Anwar got him into trouble with the Umno leadership, but it also won him, admirers.