A prelude to becoming Penang Deputy Chief Minster?

Mansor to be named PKR candidate
Apr 27, 09 6:21pm
Penang PKR deputy chief Dr Mansor Othman is
expected to be named as the party’s candidate for
the upcoming Penanti by-election on May 31 in Penang.

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dr mansur othman penanti by election 270409Mansor, 56, is a former
university lecturer and student leader. He also served
as Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary
during his tenure as deputy premier.

It is learnt that the announcement will be made by Anwar
tomorrow night in Penanti.

st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } Party insiders
said that Mansor is now almost certain to be the party’s
candidate after he was not chosen as PKR’s nominee as a
senator by the state assembly today.

That position went to PKR state secretary Mustafa Kamil,
who was approved by the Penang state assembly as a
senator from PKR.

If selected, Mansor, largely seen as Anwar’s favourite
candidate for the Penanti by-election, would also assume
the vacant deputy chief minister post if he wins the
by-election.

“As it stands, Mansor is the PKR candidate for Penanti
barring any last minute accident,” said a source close
to Mansor.

Defeated narrowly
in 2008

In the
2008 general election, Mansor contested for the
Pulau Betong state seat but lost by 294 votes
to Umno’s Muhammad Farid Saad.

He was Anwar’s original choice to be the state deputy
chief minister but had to forgo it to Mohamad Fairus Khairuddin
as a result of this defeat.

Penanti will be the sixth by-election since the
March 8 general election, five of which were
snatched by Pakatan Rakyat.

The coming battle for the state seat – located under
the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency –
is also expected to be won by Pakatan.

However, Barisan Nasional has yet to decide if it
will contest. The decision will be made by the Umno
political bureau soon.

Permatang Pauh is considered the fortress of Anwar
who is the incumbent parliamentarian there.

The Penanti seat fell vacant following the resignation of
former Penang deputy chief minister I Mohamad Fairus.

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