IPOH, Nov 5 — PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is in a four-cornered fight for the Tambun parliamentary seat in the 15th General Election.
Anwar, who is Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) prime minister candidate, faces Tambun UMNO division chief Datuk Aminuddin Md. Hanafiah, who is contesting as Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate; Abdul Rahim Tahir of Pejuang and incumbent Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu of Perikatan Nasional (PN).
Anwar arrived at the nomination centre at Dewan Sri Kledang, Ipoh Industrial Training Institute (ILP) in Meru at 8.58 am while Aminuddin and Ahmad Faizal arrived at 8.50 am and 9 am respectively.
At 10.35 am, Tambun returning officer Datuk Mohamad Fariz Mohamad Hanip announced the candidates for the Tambun parliamentary seat.
The nomination process was incident-free, with the police providing tight security.
In GE14, Ahmad Faizal, who contested under PH ticket, polled 38,661 votes to beat two other candidates from BN and PAS to win with a majority of 5,320 votes.
Speaking to reporters later, Anwar said he was ready to offer the reform agenda for the well-being of the people of Tambun.
“We’re here to offer an alternative for economic programmes and policies, and I think that gives us an added advantage,” he said.
Ahmad Faizal said his campaign would focus on drawing the support of young voters in the constituency.
Abdul Rahim said he would try to win the favour of these young voters and spread the importance of carrying out their responsibilities as voters.
Meanwhile, the two state seats under the constituency, namely Manjoi and Ulu Kinta, will see a three-cornered fight involving PH, PN and BN, and four-cornered fight among PH, PN, BN and Independent respectively.