By SIMON KHOO and WONG PEK MEI
RAUB: Former Pulau Manis assemblyman Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz has been named as the DAP candidate for the Raub parliamentary.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng made the announcement to party members and supporters in Sungai Lui near here on Monday, adding that Pahang DAP deputy chairman Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji would contest against MCA for the Mentakab state seat.
Mohd Ariff, 57, a one-term assemblyman from 2004 to 2008, blogs under the name "Sakmongkol AK47."
He applied to join the DAP in January last year, together with another former Umno veteran Aspan Alias.
Mohd Ariff will face off with senior Pahang executive councillor and Bilut assemblyman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun, who is expected to replace incumbent Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.
Tengku Zulpuri, 47, is a member of the Pahang royal family. He contested and won the deputy chairmanship during the state party election in 2010.
He will square off with incumbent Datuk Chuah Boon Seong, who is the Temerloh MCA division chief.
In addition to the two influential personalities, Lim also told the crowd that incumbent Tras assemblyman Choong Siew Onn would be defending his seat.
Tras is one of the three state seats in the Raub parliament.
The other two state seats are Batu Talam and Dong.
In the 2008 elections, Choong won the Tras seat with a majority of 2,451 due to the Bukit Koman issue.
Later at a separate ceramah in Kampung Baru Ulu Perting, Lim announced that five-term DAP assemblyman Leong Ngah Ngah would switch seats to stand in Ketari.
Leong, the Pahang DAP chief, was the Triang assemblyman since 1990.
Lim also told the crowd that Bentong DAP Youth chief Chow Yu Hui would contest in Bilut while state committee member Kamache Doray Rajoo would stand against MIC in Sabai.
In the last elections, Kamache lost narrowly to incumbent Datuk M. Davendran by 145 votes.
The state seats of Sabai, Ketari and Bilut are under the Bentong parliament.
The other state seat is Pelangai, which is held by Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.
Last month, Lim announced that Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack will contest Bentong under the DAP banner.
Wong will square off with Health Minister and MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
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