BAGAN PINANG NOMINATION DAY VIDEO (with updated news)
Oct 4, 09
Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hassan has refused to comment on whether his predecessor Isa Samad would be included in his state cabinet should he win the Bagan Pinang by-election.
“I don’t want to comment. Wait for (Isa to) win first,” said Mohamad Hassan when met after officiating a function at a school in Siliau.
For this by-election, opposition parties are harping on the potential headache for Mohamad Hassan should Isa win, because the latter has a lot of clout in the state after being menteri besar for 21 years.
Since Mohammad Hassan took over, he has reduced the number of state executive council (exco) posts from 10 to eight.
After serving as menteri besar, Isa went on to become a federal minister but resigned in 2005 after he was found guilty of vote-buying in the 2004 Umno party elections.
This by-election marks Isa’s return to active politics and he is widely expected to secure a victory over his PAS opponent Zulkefly Mohd Omar, as Bagan Pinang is a Umno stronghold with a third of the electorate being postal voters.No rift between us
At an earlier function, Mohamad Hassan said he was among the first to nominate Isa as the BN candidate for Bagan Pinang.
According to Bernama, the menteri besar rubbished the opposition’s claim that there was a rift between Isa and him.
“I urged him (to contest). There were many witnesses at the time in the hospital when (the late incumbent Azman Mohd Noor) was in the ward. I said: ‘Tan Sri (Isa), get ready to contest’.”
Mohamad Hassan said Isa asked for time to consider.
Meanwhile, on Umno supreme council member Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim’s alleged assault by opposition supporters yesterday, the menteri besar said ‘samseng (thug) culture’ was rampant in the opposition.
He claims that this was not the first violent display by opposition supporters and hopes that it will not surface again in the by-election campaign.