DAP yet to pick Kuala Kubu Baharu candidate

Kuala Kubu Baharu will vote for a new assemblyman on May 11. – Facebook pic, April 18, 2024.

DAP has not decided on a candidate for the May 11 Kuala Kubu Baru by-election, party secretary-general Anthony Loke said.

He added that several names have been shortlisted.

“We have not decided yet,” he said last night.

He said “anyone will be considered” in response to reports that the party was looking at fielding a Malay candidate.

The KKB seat in Selangor fell vacant following the death of its three-term DAP assemblyman Lee Kee Hiong on March 21 after a battle with cancer. The seat was a MCA stronghold until 2013.

Polling day is on May 11. Nomination is on April 27 and early voting, May 7.

On Wednesday, it was reported that DAP would likely name Hulu Selangor Municipal Councillor Saripah Bakar as the KKB candidate.

“The party is expected to field a Malay candidate as of now due to the high percentage of Malay voters,” a source told FreeMalaysiaToday.

Saripah has asked the media to wait for an official announcement.

Earlier, former DAP leader P. Ramasamy said DAP was considering a Sikh candidate for the seat.

The KKB constituency has a mixed electorate of 50% Malays, 30% Chinese and 18% Indians. According to the electoral roll, there are more than 40,000 registered voters in KKB.

Barisan Nasional, a regular contender for the seat, will sit out the by-election to make way for DAP in Pakatan Harapan.

On the other side of the aisle, Gerakan in Perikatan Nasional has indicated an interest in the seat.

In the state elections last year, Gerakan ran for the seat for PN. – April 18, 2024.

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