Three-Cornered Fight in Slim By-Election

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The Slim state by-election this Aug 29 will witness a three-cornered fight between a Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate and two Independent candidates.

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They are Tanjung Malim UMNO deputy chief Mohd Zaidi Aziz, 43, for BN, while the Independent candidates are Professor Santharasekaran Subramaniam, 44, and lawyer Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi, 38, who is representing the yet-to-be registered Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang).

Santharasekaran, an academic, will use the “book” logo.

The announcement on the list of candidates for the by-election was made by returning officer Shamsul Ridzuan Idris at about 10.35 am after the nomination process at Dewan Sri Tanjung,

There were two other aspiring independent candidates, but they were unable to submit their nomination papers in time.

Speaking to reporters after the nominations ended, Zaidi said that he would not take his rival Amir Khusairi lightly.

“He is a challenge for us because he is with former premier Dr Mahathir (Mohamad).

“And we are aware that they (Pejuang) have their strengths and advantages. We will not take them lightly,” he said.

Meanwhile, Amir urged voters to choose a candidate who is young, has credibility, and is able to give the best service to residents.

“At the same time, we want to bring good values such as fighting corruption and other immoral conducts,” he said.

Amir added that his nomination in the contest is the first step in his journey to right the wrongs.

“I believe that there’s a lot to be corrected concerning the political landscape.

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“I believe this is the first step where we hope to correct the wrongs. The (current immoral) culture needs to be cleaned,” he said.

Santharasekaran, on the other hand, claimed that he is not here to split the votes.

“This is my dream to join politics when I reach the age of 45. (It is) not to split the votes.

“My focus is on education, and I am also an environmentalist.

“Environment is very important. We don’t want an intelligent person who neglects the environment,” he said.

The nomination process took place at Dewan Sri Tanjung, a hall within the Tanjung Malim municipal council complex in Slim River town, Perak. It is located around 3km away from the Tanjung Malim toll to the North-South Expressway.

Unlike past by-elections, hardly any supporters gathered to support their candidate due to the Covid-19 pandemic.