KOTA BARU, 1 July 2009: The people of Manik Urai who go to the polls to pick their state assemblyperson are not in dire need for a highly qualified candidate, said PAS Kelantan election director Abdul Fattah Harun.
He said unlike a Member of Parliament, who shoulders much responsibility at the federal level, an assemblyperson’s duties are more constituency-bound.
“The people of Manik Urai are also not mulling over it because a people’s wakil rakyat need not be a highly qualified person, compared with an MP, who represents his constituency at the federal level.
“Kelantan officers are mostly people-oriented … as such, the people of Manik Urai can accept any candidate,” he told reporters after a state assembly meeting here today.
PAS has nominated fish wholesaler Mohd Fauzi Abdullah, 50, who is also Kuala Krai PAS treasurer; while the Barisan Nasional (BN) has chosen Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat, 39, a Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) graduate and former Kesedar project monitoring division manager, for the 14 July by-election.
The by-election has been necessitated by the death of former state assemblyperson Ismail Yaakob of PAS on 22 May. — Bernama