Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today announced that Umno would instead be fielding Datuk Rozabil Abdul Rahman in Arau.
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After days of speculation that Umno would not be fielding its Arau incumbent Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim to defend the seat in the 15th General Election (GE15), the matter was confirmed tonight.
In announcing Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidates for Parliamentary seats in GE15, the coalition’s chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that Umno would instead be fielding Datuk Rozabil Abdul Rahman in Arau.
Also out of GE15 is incumbent Ketereh MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa who now has to make way for Kelantan Puteri Umno chief Marzuani Ardila Ariffin to defend the seat for the party.
Ahmad Zahid is set to defend Bagan Datuk while caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will defend Bera.
As speculated, Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz who is the caretaker finance minister is Umno’s candidate for Kuala Selangor while Megat Zulkarnain Omardin will battle it out for Gombak.
Caretaker health minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar is moving from Rembau to Sungai Buloh, confirming the rumours that had been floating over the past few days.
Set to defend Rembau for BN is Umno’s deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan or Tok Mat. Khairy had previously confirmed he was told to make way for Tok Mat in Rembau in the upcoming general election.
Other names retained by BN include Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in Sembrong, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor in Putrajaya, Datuk Azalina Othman Said in Pengerang, Datuk Ahmad Maslan in Pontian.