Monday, 16 April 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM
Mat Sabu may challenge for Kota Raja
THE fight for the Kota Raja parliamentary seat in Selangor is expected to be interesting as Amanah president Mohamad Sabu is tipped to contest here.
And Mat Sabu’s – as he is popularly known – challengers are expected to be Barisan Nasional’s relatively unknown candidate Kajendran Doraisamy, 36, from MIC, and a PAS representative who is yet to be identified.
Currently, the seat is being held by Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, who won the Kota Raja seat in the last elections under a PAS ticket. She is now an Amanah member.
She defeated her nearest rival Murugesan Sinnandavar from Barisan Nasional with a majority of 29,395 votes.
Although Mat Sabu, with his vast political experience will attract a good number of votes, the presence of a candidate from PAS, which is no longer a member of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, will be interesting to watch.
The situation is expected to be somewhat a blessing in disguise for the Barisan candidate.
Kajendran, who lives in Taman Sentosa, Klang, and works in the shipping industry, said he did not receive any news about being a Barisan choice as candidate for Kota Raja.
He said he was prepared to give his best to help Barisan retain the seat if given a chance.
“I will still work towards Barisan’s victory in the general election even if someone else is picked to contest for the seat,” said the Kota Raja MIC Youth chairman.
Kota Raja, which used to have two state seats (Sri Andalas and Sri Muda), now has three new ones -- Sungai Kandis, Sentosa and Kota Kemuning -- after the recent redelineation exercise.
Shah Alam Umno division chief Datuk Kamarulzaman Johari, 54, is tipped to spearhead Barisan’s challenge for the Sungai Kandis seat and is expected to face PKR and PAS.
There has been talk that Meru assemblyman Abdul Rani Osman (PAS) will contest the seat. It is uncertain who will represent PKR. Kamarulzaman said he was prepared to contest in the area if given the go-ahead by the party leadership.
“The Barisan machinery is prepared for the general election and we are now waiting for the green light,” he said.
Word has it that Gerakan’s Tiew Hock Huat will contest under the Barisan ticket at Kota Kemuning and expected to face strong challenge from Kota Alam Shah assemblyman and state executive councillor V. Ganabathirau of DAP.
Tiew, 49, is an engineer and the Klang Gerakan division secretary as well as the party’s central youth committee member.
As for Sentosa, Barisan is expected to field Kota Raja MIC division chairman Datuk R.S. Maniam.
Maniam, a former TNB employee who also served as a Shah Alam City councillor, is expected to take on Sri Andalas assemblyman Dr Xavier Jeyakumar from PKR.
Yet another speculation is that PKR will field Dr Xavier’s daughter, Sangetha, instead while the veteran politician is being considered for the Kapar parliamentary seat.
Sangetha, 33, a mother of two young boys, is a law graduate and holds a Masters in International Relations (East Asia Studies).
Perhaps the biggest surprise may be Kuala Langat District councillor and PAS Supporters Club member Rajan Manikesavan, 49, contesting the Sentosa state seat under the PAS ticket.
The former teacher and now full-time politician lives in Taman Sentosa, Klang.