Thursday, 11 July 2013

Businessman vs engineer in Kuala Besut

PAS is fielding a popular local businessman in its quest to wrest the Kuala Besut state seat in Terengganu from BN at the July 24 by-election.

Azlan Yusof was announced as the party's candidate by president Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang last night. He faces BN’s Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul, an engineer by profession.

Azlan, known among locals as Che Long, 48, is a contractor from Kampung Baru, and runs a wood store in Kuala Besut, with business dealings in neighbouring Kelantan.

Nomination day for Kuala Besut has been set for tomorrow.

A PAS victory would result in a hung state assembly in Terengganu, a historic first in the country's electoral history.

Vice president Husam Musa will head a high-powered campaign management team comprising of senior leaders.

PAS has won four times in Kuala Besut, in 1959, 1969, 1974 and 1999.

Last May, the late A. Rahman Mokhtar gained 8,809 votes, defeating PAS's Napisah Ismail who got 6,375 votes, a majority of 2,434 votes. -HD

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