The Tenang by-election on Jan 30 will see a straight fight between Barisan Nasional’s Mohd Azahar Ibrahim and PAS’ Normala Sudirman, returning officer Md Asri Amir announced Saturday after nominations closed.
Mohd Azahar, 39, (pix left) is the former Rengit assistant land administrator in Batu Pahat while Normala Sudirman (pix right) is PAS' Labis Muslimat chief and a former teacher.
Barisan wants to increase its majority to more than 5,000 while Pakatan hopes to reduce Barisan’s majority during the 2008 polls.
The Tenang state seat fell vacant following the death of Datuk Sulaiman Taha on Dec 17.
Sulaiman had won the seat by a majority of 2,492 votes in the 2008 general election, defeating PAS’ Md Saim Siran.
There are 14,753 voters including 18 postal voters, in the constituency.
They are made up of 47.5% Malays, Chinese (39%), Indians (12%) and others at 1.5%.
The other state seat in the area is Bekok, held by Tan Kok Hong, also of Barisan.
The MP is Chua Tee Yong, the son of MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek. - The Star
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