LAST_UPDATETue, 19 Jun 2018 10pm

Newcomers And Incumbents For Perlis BN In GE14

KANGAR: Barisan Nasional (BN) is banking on a mix of old and new in Perlis to help retain the state’s status as the party’s fixed deposit in the 14th General Election (GE14).

The list of candidates comprises 10 new faces, six incumbents and two old faces.

BN Perlis chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said he is confident that the newcomers, which include two women, will help the ruling coalition to retain its dominance in all three parliamentary seats and 13 state seats, while wresting back two state seats lost to the opposition five years ago.

“The chosen candidates have the credentials to retain the seats held by BN. At the same time, we hope to wrest Indera Kayangan and Sanglang,” he told reporters after announcing the state’s BN candidates at Dewan 2020 here today.

Shahidan said the combination of fresh faces and experience should give BN an advantage in facing multi-cornered fights in the general polls scheduled on May 9.

“We have triumphed in straight fights with the opposition parties in the previous general polls. I reckon we stand a better chance in three-cornered battles.

“BN has a proven track record for accomplishing many things for the country. I believe the voters know that and will vote wisely,” he added.

Asked to comment on the incumbents who were dropped from the candidate list and the hopefuls who were not selected, Shahidan said he hopes they would accept the decision with an open heart for the sake of the party.

“The survival of the party is above everything else. Those who were selected have the capabilities to take the state and the country to greater heights.

“When they were chosen (as BN candidates), we had worked hard to help them and when they are no longer fielded, we hope that they will return the favour to help the party’s general election machinery,” he said.

Meanwhile, Perlis Menteri Besar Perlis Datuk Seri Azlan Man who is shifting from the Pauh state seat to Bintong, accepts the decision with an open mind.

He said to win in Bintong, he would try his best to win the hearts and minds of the people.

“This is the same approach that I used five years ago, in my election debut in Pauh,” he added.

“My approach is by working hard to develop the constituency through various programmes, including introducing projects that could help the local community to generate income.

“I will be applying the same method for the people in Bintong to help alleviate their living standard,” he said.

Reports by: Adie Suri Zulkefli, Suzalina Halid, Muhammad Mustakim Ramli and Dziyaul Afnan Abdul Rahman