KLANG: Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, who completes his jail term for corruption tomorrow, is still a winning candidate in the upcoming Sungai Besar by-election, said a close friend of the former Selangor Mentri Besar.
Nazmi Rosli said Dr Khir, a three-term Sungai Panjang assemblyman, had done much for the constituents when he headed the state government.
Sungai Panjang is one of the two state assembly seats under the Sungai Besar parliamentary constituency with the other being Sekinchan.
Dr Khir will be a free man on Friday upon completion of his one-year jail term beginning Sept 29,2015 and after being granted parole on March 29 this year.
He does not face any restriction on contesting the Sungai Besar seat as the sentence did not exceed a year.
Nazmi said Dr Khir could also win with a big majority if he were to contest in the June 18 by-election.
â€œHe was a three-term assemblyman and had done much in the area during his tenure as mentri besar,â€™â€™ said Nazmi, a former Selangor PKR secretary and now active Umno member.
â€œHe is a local boy and his family is well-known and respected in the area,â€™â€™ he added.
According to Nazmi, Sungai Panjang assemblyman Budiman Zohdi was a protÃ©gÃ© of Dr Khir and this factor would also pull in the votes.
He said in the last general election, Budiman won with a majority of 2,183 votes whilst the late Datuk Noriah Kasnonâ€™s majority in the Sungai Besar seat only 399 votes.
â€œSo the Budiman factor would also play a part but I think Dr Mohd Khir can easily win the seat even if he stood as an independent but being a loyal Umno man, he will not do it,â€™â€™ said Nazmi.
Nazmi said Dr Khir had the same â€œpull factorâ€ in Sungai Besar like what Tan Sri Shahrir Samad has in Johor Baru and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah in Gua Musang.
â€œThey will win hands down even if they contest as independents and itâ€™s the same with Dr Mohd Khir,â€™â€™ he added.
The Sungai Besar seat fell vacant after Noriah was killed in a helicopter crash in Sarawak on May 5 during the Sarawak state election.