Selangor BN announces list of candidates (Updated)

SHAH ALAM: There were no major surprises when Selangor Barisan Nasional announced its list of candidates for all 56 state seats and 22 parliamentary seats in Selangor for the 14th General Election today.

The announcement made by Kapar Umno chief Datuk Faizal Abdullah before Selangor BN chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar and several Barisan Nasional leaders and supporters at the Selangor Umno building, here, saw a majority of incumbents for the five parliamentary and 12 state seats it won in the 13th General Election (GE13) being retained to contest their respective seats.

Among the notable names, Budiman Mohd Zohdi will only be defending the Sungai Besar parliamentary seat this time around.

The Sungai Panjang state seat which he held previously would be contested by 31-year-old lawyer, Imran Tamrin, the youngest Umno candidate in Selangor.

Three-term Jeram assemblyman Datuk Amiruddin Setro was also dropped in favour of 54-year-old former headmaster Zahar Azlan Ariffin.

However, it was also a case of comebacks for candidates such as Datuk Satim Deman who will be contesting the Seri Serdang seat and MCA's Datuk Wong Koon Mun at Kuala Kubu Baru after being dropped in the previous election.

Both were incumbents of the respective seats prior to GE13.

Noh who will be defending his Tanjong Kajang parliamentary seat, said the candidates were chosen based on the "good, better, best" policy.

"For BN, there are many good (potential) candidates out there.

"There are also many better candidates but the best is only one," he told supporters prior to the announcement.

Noh also thanked several BN leaders such as Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Yunos and Ampang Umno division chief Datuk Ismail Kijo among others for opting not to contest despite having the opportunity to do so.

"They are very willing to rather fight the BN cause throughout the entire state rather than put themselves up for a contest," he said.

From the total of 56 state seats, 35 will be contested by Umno, MCA (14), Gerakan (four) and MIC (three).

Umno will contest nine parliamentary seats, MCA (eight), MIC (four) and Gerakan (one) from the 22 available.