KUALA TERENGGANU: Barisan Nasional will take on a “five versus one strategy” in Marang in its attempt to oust PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang from his stronghold.
“We are using a five versus one strategy where all five Barisan candidates for parliamentary and state seats in Marang will combine our strength to defeat Abdul Hadi,” said state Umno deputy chairman and Marang division chief Datuk Yahya Khatib Mohamad, 55.
(Marang has four state seats.)
Yahya, who is the incumbent Pengkalan Berangan assemblyman, will take on Abdul Hadi in Marang.
It will be a straight fight for Abdul Hadi in the Marang parliamentary and Rhu Rendang state seat with Barisan eyeing the PAS president's stronghold.
Abdul Hadi, 66, has been the Rhu Rendang assemblyman since 1986. He has also been contesting in Marang since 1986, having lost just twice - in 1986 and 2004.
First timer Nik Dir Nik Ku Wan, 56, from Barisan Nasional, will attempt the feat of being the giant slayer to unseat Abdul Hadi in Rhu Rendang.
In Kemaman, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said will meet PAS' Hazri Jusoh for a second time as the state Barisan chairman seeks to win his Kijal state seat for a third term.
Barisan's Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek will also defend his Kemaman parliamentary seat for the third time. His opponent is first timer Kamaruddin Chik of PKR.
Former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh moves from the Jertih state seat to the Besut parliamentary seat and he will face first-timer Riduan Nor, 42, who is PAS Youth information chief.
Another Barisan first-timer Wan Mahyudin Wan Ngah, 42, is looking to unseat state PAS commissioner Abdul Wahid Endut who has been assemblyman since 1990 at the Wakaf Mempelam seat.
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