Monday, February 25, 2008

P85: Najib faces Malacca union officer in Pekan

PEKAN: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is being challenged by a young first-timer from Parti Keadilan Rakyat here in what will probably be one of the most lopsided contests this general election.

Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin, a 31-year-old education officer of the Peninsular Malaysia Carpentry Workers' Congress, is neither a local nor a resident here.

Khairul, who hails from Masjid Tanah, Malacca, admitted that he had only visited Pekan several times previously to meet union members.

Najib, asked on the opposition's choice of candidate, said he was treating his young rival just like his opponents in previous elections.

"It is okay. It is a normal thing as I have faced all sorts of candidates. Some were young, others old."
This general election will be Najib's eighth as a candidate here.

He first became a wakil rakyat after winning uncontested in a by-election in 1976, following the death of his father, second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the member of parliament for Pekan. Najib defended the seat in 2004 by beating Pas' Datuk Zakaria Dahlan by a majority of 22,922 votes.

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