Perak DAP to contest 8 parliamentary, 19 state seats

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Perak DAP will be contesting eight parliamentary and 19 state seats in the upcoming 15th General Election (GE15).

DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke admitted that it was not easy to choose candidates to represent Pakatan Harapan (PH) in Perak as it has many candidates of calibre.

“We (DAP) have so many well-deserved names to be shortlisted as candidates but we will only contest in eight parliaments and 19 state seats.

“But this is a tradition of the election…some will be selected and some not. It does not mean that those who are not selected are not good. They still play important roles in the party and for the future,” he said.

Loke said this when announcing the Perak DAP candidates who would be contesting in the GE15.

He added that out of 19 state seats, eight of them (42 percent) were young candidates aged below 40 and five of them are women.

During the announcement, Loke also said that Perak DAP is taking a bold decision by fielding a candidate in the Gerik parliamentary seat to defeat Barisan Nasional (BN).

“The top leadership has agreed to have an additional parliamentary seat which is in Gerik and we name Ahmad Tarmizi Mohd Jam to contest there,” he said.

Ahmad Tarmizi had previously contested in GE14 under Amanah ticket in the Parit parliamentary seat and lost to Pas and Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mohd Nizar Zakaria who obtained a majority of 6,320 votes.

The Gerik parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent, Datuk Hasbullah Osman on Nov 16, 2020, due to a heart ailment.

Gerik parliament has 36,750 voters, comprising 33,675 ordinary voters, 2,111 military personnel and spouses, police personnel and spouses (959) and absentee voters overseas (five).

In the 14th general election, Umno’s Hasbullah secured a 5,528-vote majority to win the Gerik seat, defeating candidates from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Pas.

Ipoh Timur incumbent Wong Kah Woh will be contesting the Taiping seat, while Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee will be running for the Ipoh Timur seat.

Others who will be defending their parliamentary seats are Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming (Teluk Intan), Perak DAP adviser, Ngeh Koo Ham (Beruas), Perak DAP vice chairman M Kulasegaran (Ipoh Barat), and V Sivakumar (Batu Gajah).

For the new state seat, Loke said DAP will be contesting the Changkat Jong seat and the party will be fielding new face Badrul Hisham Badarudin.

Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming will be defending his Teluk Intan parliamentary seat and will also be contesting in the Kepayang state seat.

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DAP candidates for state seats:

N17 Pokok Assam – Ong Seng Guan

N18 Aulong – Teh Kok Lim

N22 Jalong – Loh Sze Yee

N25 Canning – Jenny Choy

N26 Tebing Tinggi – Aziz Bari

N27 Pasir Pinji – Goh See Hua

N28 Bercham – Ong Boon Piow

N30 Buntong – M Thulsi Thivani

N31 Jelapang – Cheah Poh Hian

N32 Menglembu – Chaw Kam Foon

N33 Tronoh – Tiw Tee Siang

N37 Pantai Remis – Wong May Ing

N38 Astaka – Jason Ng Thien Yeong

N41 Malim Nawar – V Bavani

N42 Keranji – Koo Haai Yen

N55 Pasir Bedamar – Woo Kah Leong

N57 Sungkai – A Sivanesan

N29 Kepayang – Nga Kor Ming

N56 Changkat Jong – Badrul Hisham Badarudin

DAP candidates for Perak federal seats:

P54 Gerik – Ahmad Tarmizi Mohd Jam

P064 Ipoh Timor – Howard Lee

P065 Ipoh Barat – M Kulasegeran

P070 Kampar – Chong Zhemin

P066 Batu Gajah – V Sivakumar

P68 Beruas – Ngeh Koo Ham

P60 Taiping – Wong Kah Woh

P76 Teluk Intan – Nga Kor Ming