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UMNO ELECTION: MBs, CM submit nomination forms
KUALA LUMPUR: As of 1.30pm, several Menteris Besar including the Sabah Chief Minister have submitted their nomination forms for the 2013 election next month.
Among those who drew attention were the Perlis Menteri Besar, Azlan Man who offered to contest for the Umno Kangar Division chief's post, and Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir who was contesting for the post of head of Jerlun Umno division. Those who were defending their division chief's posts were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (Libaran), Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (Rembau), Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said (Kemaman) and Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir (Lumut).
In PERLIS, Azlan would square off against Kangar member of parliament Ir Shaharuddin Ismail and the division's former deputy head Datuk Hashim Suboh. Perlis Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim would be defending the Arau Umno division chief's post. Perlis Umno Election Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Azib Saad said 453 forms had been submitted at Dewan Residensi to date.
In NEGRI SEMBILAN, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad would be defending the Teluk Kemang Umno division chief's post while Khairy Jamaluddin would be contesting for the Rembau Umno division deputy chairman's post.
In addition, senior private secretary to the party vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, Datuk Abdul Karim Mustafa, had submitted his nomination forms to contest for the Rasah division vice-chairman's post.
In Sabah, Mohd Shafie had submitted his nomination forms for the Semporna Umno division chief's post which he held since 1996, through his representative Hisham Abd Fattah. Sabah Umno Liaison Committee deputy head Datuk Seri Salleh Keruak was represented by Kota Belud Umno division treasurer Zainal Abidin Soud to defend the Kota Belud Umno division's top post. More than 500 nomination forms had been received until 11.30am today, said a Sabah Umno secretariat spokesman.
In MALACCA, Umno executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh would contest for the Masjid Tanah Umno division chief's post. The nomination was submitted by his representative at the Malacca International Trade Centre.
He would face Federation of Malay Economic Bodies chairman Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik and Kuala Linggi state assemblyman Datuk Ismail Othman. The incumbent Datuk Abu Seman Yusop is not defending his post.
Malacca Umno Election Committee chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Nordin Md Amin said 703 nominations were received as of noon including 460 from the divisions.
Meanwhile, in KEDAH, State Level Election Committee chairman Tan Sri Osman Aroff said there were no problems and members had adhered to regulations although the system was being implemented for the first time. On Langkawi, he said the division was given an exemption by the party headquarters to submit their nomination forms on the island due to logistic problem.
In PENANG, Barisan Nasional's Permatang Pauh candidate at the 13th general election, Dr Mazlan Ismail submitted his nomination forms to challenge incumbent Datuk Mohd Nasir Abdullah for the Permatang Pauh Umno deputy chairman's post.
The husband of actress Datin Paduka Umi Aida, Datuk Paduka Khairuddin Abu Hassan would be contesting the Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chairman's post.
In KELANTAN, State Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, via his political secretary Mohd Nasir Mohd Nor, submitted his nomination forms to defend his chairmanship of the Jeli Umno division which he held since 1994.
Kelantan Umno Liaison Committee deputy chairman Datuk Dr Awang Adek and secretary Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar would be defending their chairmanships of the Bachok and Tumpat divisions, respectively. Gua Musang member of parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, through his representative and division secretary Abdul Aziz Yusof, submitted his nomination forms to defend the post of Gua Musang division head.
In SELANGOR, Sepang Umno division incumbent Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed would take on new face Datuk Marsum Paing.
For the post of the Shah Alam Umno division chief, other than incumbent Datuk Ahmad Nawawi M. Zin, Youth chief Azahari Saari and Taman Bukit Saga branch head Basharuddin Nordin would also be vying for the post.
Meanwhile, Selangor Umno Election Committee chairman Tan Sri Abu Hassan Omar said, to date, 2,500 nomination forms had been received including 40 for the post of division heads.
In JOHOR, those who had sent their nomination forms were Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi for the post of Batu Pahat division head; Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (Pengerang division head); Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad (Johor Baru division head), Datuk Noraini Ahmad (Parit Sulong Wanita chief) and Datuk Ahmad Maslan (Pontian deputy division head).
Johor Umno information chief Datuk Samsol Bari Jamali said, until noon, 7,800 of 13,000 forms had been received.
In KUALA LUMPUR, Putrajaya Umno division would see Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor contesting for the top post.
As of 1pm, the division only received one nomination each for the posts of permanent chairman, deputy permanent chairman, Youth, Wanita and Puteri chiefs.
Meanwhile in TERENGGANU, Ahmad would be facing Mat Dalam Awang for the post of head of Kemaman Umno division.
Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek was represented by Tun Mohd Firdaus Tun Mohamad in submitting his nomination form to contest for the post of deputy chairman of the division.
Also submitting his nomination form was Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh who would be defending the post of Besut Umno division chief.
Communications and Multimedia deputy Minister Datuk Jailani Johari would be challenging the incumbent of the Hulu Terengganu Umno division chief Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang who is also Kuala Berang State Assemblyman. -- BERNAMA