Four-Cornered Fight in Rantau

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Almost a year after the botched Rantau election resulted in a walkover, Umno acting president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan will finally face off against PKR’s Dr S Streram in a by-election.

Mohamad, who was born in Rantau, has held the seat since 2004.

He was the first to submit his nomination papers at SJK (C) Bandar Sri Sendayan as soon as it opened at 9am, followed 10 minutes later by Streram, the PKR Rembau chief.

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Next were Mala Rajaram, a housewife and community organiser from Port Dickson, and Mohd Nor Yasin, both handing in their nomination papers as Independent candidates by 9.15am.

The nomination centre closed at 10am.

Tandiko Dalusin from Amanah and Haza Khalid from PKR, who had been expected to contest as independents, did not file their nomination papers – apparently after their parties said they would be expelled if they had done so.

Polling in the Rantau state seat by-election will be held on April 13, with early voting on April 9.

Earlier, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made an appearance to show support for Mohamad.

PAS vice-president Dr Idris Ahmad was also at the nomination centre.

Top Pakatan leaders who came to lend their support included PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Pakatan’s general secretary Saifuddin Abdullah, Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin and PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution.

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Among other Pakatan politicians were DAP’s representative Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran and Amanah’s representative Parit Buntar MP Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.