KUALA LUMPUR, April 13, 2015:

Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said that it would be a “very nice gesture” if PAS would choose to stay out of the Rompin by-election.

The Star Online reported him as stating that just as Barisan Nasional opted not to contest in the Chempaka by-election out of respect for the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, the gesture could be repeated as a mark of respect for the late Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis.

Nik Abdul Aziz, who was the PAS spiritual adviser died, on Feb 12 after battling prostate cancer.

Jamaluddin, the country’s special envoy to the United States, was killed in a helicopter crash earlier this month.

The former minister was also Rompin’s incumbent for the past 23 years.

“Of course, I would welcome it if there is no contest, but we cannot stop independent candidates from contesting.

“Without a contest, we can save time, money and energy and focus more on looking after the welfare of the people,” he was quoted as saying by The Star Online.

Adnan also said that a meeting would be held soon to finalise the right candidate for the post, adding that he was in favour of a local candidate.

The news portal quoted him as saying that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will announce the shortlisted candidate on April 18 during his visit to Rompin.

The Election Commission announced last week that the by-election would be held on May 5, while the nomination date was set for April 22.

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