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Husam Musa takes on Tengku Adnan in Putrajaya (Updated)

PUTRAJAYA (April 20, 2013): The quest for Putrajaya has begun with the successful nomination of two candidates here today.

At 10.15am, Returning Officer(RO) Muhamad Haitamin Ishak announced that the candidates, incumbent Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and PAS vice president Datuk Husam Musa, will face a straight fight in their bid to win the constituency.

At 8am, groups of supporters started to slowly trickle to the community centre here in Presint 9.

The mood for both sides was initially sombre but quickly turned boisterous nearing towards 9am when nomination begun.

Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters parading what seemed like brand new BN flags gathered. Hundreds were seen chanting Takbir (praise to Allah), "Hidup BN, hancur PR" along with drum beats. They also started singing patriotic song "Barisan Kita."

On the other end, PAS supporters gathered at Surau Al-Husna Fasa 12, Presint 9, for prayers before marching with Husam to the nomination centre.

Both sides seemed eager in wanting to outdo each other in chants and cheers.

At 9.02am, Tengku Adnan, together with his proposer and seconder entered the nomination centre to submit his papers.

Twelve minutes later, his contender Husam walked in to submit his nomination papers.

The two candidates briefly hugged, shook hands and wished each other good luck.

At 10am, the RO announced that nominations were closed and fifteen minutes later, the RO accepted the nominations.

Later, when met by reporters, Tengku Adnan said he believes he will retain the seat, as the people in Putrajaya know his work.

“I have been here for the last two terms. We have been working hard and have solved almost all the problems here, except for some petty things that we are still trying to solve,” he said.

Asked to comment on the crowd from the opposition, Tengku Adnan said Husam had brought many people from Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan.

“To me it’s his right but I don’t think the people in Putrajaya like it this way. Anyways, good luck to him,” added the BN secretary-general.

Husam on the other hand said he will turn to social networking sites to help him in his campaign in Putrajaya.

“We will interact with the people of Putrajaya through social networking sites and from what I see in Facebook, many people are rooting for me to win,” he said.

Husam will also be defending his state seat, Salor, in Kelantan.