“Not going to happen”: Annuar rejects possibility of vying for same state seat as son

FORMER UMNO stalwart Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the possibility of him and his son Afiq Amani Annuar fighting for the same seat in next month’s state polls is not going to happen.

“There are no ‘ifs’ and that contest will not happen, believe me. My son is my strongest supporter. We will wait and see the development later,” he said when met after the Mega Pakat Pertahan talk in Bachok, Kelantan yesterday (June 5).

It was reported that Afiq Amani Annuar is among the 155 names submitted by Kelantan Barisan Nasional (BN) to the party leadership to be considered as a candidate in the upcoming state election.

Kelantan UMNO information chief Datuk Zawawi Othman announced that the Ketereh UMNO Youth division chief’s name has been nominated by the division leadership to be registered as a candidate for a state legislative assembly seat in the Ketereh parliamentary constituency.

Meanwhile, the PAS Ulama Council is scheduled to select the party’s candidates for the upcoming Kelantan election this Friday (July 7), with rumours swirling that the former Ketereh MP who just joined the party may be named as a candidate as well.

When asked if he would be nominated by PAS, Annuar responded that he was prepared to think about it and described the circumstances as the party’s faith in him.

“I am a new member and if possible, we should give way to older members. It is not a problem if I am not fielded as a candidate. I leave it to the party leadership.

“I have been a candidate many times, if someone else is fielded, it’s okay and I am fine if I am not a candidate,” the former BN secretary-general said.

Datuk Ahmad Yakob led PAS to victory in the 2018 Kelatan state election, obtaining 37 of the 45 seats in Kelantan, while BN only won eight seats.

Yesterday (July 5), the Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Salleh announced that polling for the six state elections will be held simultaneously, with nomination day set on July 29 and early voting on August 8.

Kelantan was the first to dissolve its state assembly on June 22, followed by Selangor on June 23, as well as Penang, Kedah and Terengganu on June 28, while Negri Sembilan’s state assembly was dissolved after completing its full five-year term on July 1. – July 6, 2023

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