BUKIT MERTAJAM – Umno vice-presidents Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein will assist the election machineries in Permatang Pauh and Rompin â€Žrespectively.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this was due to the proximity of both by-elections, which fall within three days of each other.
“We have also agreed for (vice-president) Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to coordinate the overall duties and assistance,” he told reporters after meeting the Permatang Pauh election machinery and the state liaison committees here today.
On the issue of the Permatang Pauh candidate, Muhyiddin, who is also Umno deputy president, said a few names have been forwarded for consideration.
“Factors to be taken into account are acceptance by voters, unblemished and highly qualified,” he said.
The Permatang Pauh and Rompin by-elections have been fixed on May 7 and 5 respectively. – NST Online