Zahid tightens hold as those aligned to Ismail Sabri to be dropped as candidates

THERE is a possibility of another four candidates likely to be dropped by the UMNO leadership in the upcoming 15th national polls on Nov 19.

Those four are Datuk Seri Noh Omar (Tanjung Karang), Datuk Seri Mohd Salim Mohd Shariff (Jempol), Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib (Maran), and Datuk Mastura Mohd Yazid (Kuala Kangsar).

The four added to the list are those that are being dropped as they are aligned to caretaker Prime Minister’s Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s camp, as UMNO’s internal politics heat up with its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi taking the upper hand.

Previously, it was revealed that four-term Arau MP and caretaker Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim was rumoured as one of those who would be dropped.

Also to share a similar fate as Shahidan is caretaker Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa who hinted that rumours were rife that few potential winners have been axed, especially those who are aligned with Ismail Sabri.

Apart from that incumbent Tenggara MP and caretaker Science, Technology and Innovation  Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba is also expected to be dropped from his seat, followed by Kota Tinggi incumbent Dr Halimah Mohamed Sadique and  Padang Besar MP and caretaker Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin. 

Will there be more names that will be axed only to be replaced by those aligned to Zahid? Only time will tell as the run up to GE15 intensifies. – Nov 1, 2022


Main photo credit: Bernama 


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