KUALA LUMPUR – June 19, 2020: His son Nizar may be a good fit as the candidate for the Chini state by-election but former Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak considers it awkward if Nizar was to contest.
The former prime minister pointed out on Facebook today that Chini is within the Pekan parliamentary constituency which he represents.
“My name is not Anwar or Mahathir or Kit Siang and Umno does not belong to any family. It is better to give such opportunity to more deserving Umno leaders,” writes Najib.
His remark was an obvious jab at the hereditary politics of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, former Pribumi Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and DAP leader Lim Kit Siang, whose family members hold senior positions in their respective parties.
Nizar is the Pekan Umno Youth chief.
According to Najib, he had discussed the matter with Nizar and the latter was agreeable with the decision to field Mohd. Sharim Md. Zain for the by-election being called due to the death of Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun on May 7.
The nomination for the by-election is tomorrow while polling is on July 4.
As of today, only Pribumi Bersatu Pekan division leader Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin has announced his candidacy but as an independent.
Pakatan Harapan had on June 6 announced that it will not contest, citing the Covid-19 pandemic as the main deterrent.
In the May 2018 general elections, Barisan Nasional won Chini with 10,027 votes in a contest against PAS and Pakatan.