JOHOR BARU: Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed are slotted to contest state seats, fuelling speculation that one of them will be the next Johor Mentri Besar should Barisan Nasional successfully defend the state.
Khaled will shift out from Pasir Gudang to Permas, a seat formerly allocated to MIC while Nur Jazlan, will move to the Kempas state seat.
In the exchange for Permas, MIC's M. Soorian will contest the Puteri Wangsa state seat. He is one of two new faces from the party. The other being K. Ravin, who is slated to contest Tenggaruh. The seat was once represented by his father, the late Datuk S. Krishnasamy who was gunned down in January 2008.
Pasir Gudang Umno Wanita head Normala Samad has been slated to contest the parliamentary seat vacated by Khaled while Nur Jazlan's Pulai seat will go to new face Tengku Putra Harun Aminurrashid Hamid Jumat.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman is tipped to contest the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat, while his state seat Serom is tipped to go to new face Abdul Razak Minhat.
Sri Gading MP Datuk Mohamad Abdul Aziz has been dropped and replaced by Parit Raja assemblyman Datuk Aziz Kaprawi.
MPs Datuk Halimah Saddique (Tenggara), Datuk Azalina Othman Said (Pengerang ) and Datuk Noraini Ahmad (Parit Sulong) are all expected to be retained.
In Malacca, the state Barisan is poised to unveil at least nine new faces.
It is learnt that two of Barisan's new faces received their letters at Seri Bendahara today.
According to sources, Malacca MIC deputy chairman Datuk M.S. Maha-devan will contest the Gadek state seat. The sole MIC seat is now held by state chairman Datuk R. Perumal.
Kota Melaka Barisan complaints bureau chief and MCA Youth leader Ronald Gan is also expected to be a candidate.
There is also talk that the Alor Gajah parliamentary seat will see state MCA secretary Datuk Koh Nai Kwong as the Barisan candidate there, Dr Yee Kok Wah for the Kota Melaka parliamentary seat and Yong Fun Juan for the Ayer Keroh state seat.
State Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam confirmed 33% of candidates for both state and parliamentary seats would be new faces.
“Only winnable candidates have their names listed,'' he said, without saying where he would contest.
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