TANJONG KARANG: Perikatan Nasional (PN) has not ruled out the possibility of nominating Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali as Selangor Menteri Besar if he wins the upcoming state election.
Selangor PN election machinery deputy director, Captain (Rtd) Datuk Dr Zulkafperi Hanafi said there was always an opportunity for the former Selangor Menteri Besar, who is also Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, to return to lead the state.
Zulkafperi, who is also Tanjong Karang member of parliament, however said that all decisions to determine the best candidate for the important position rest with PN leadership.
"There is always an opportunity for Azmin (to lead Selangor) if he succeeds in winning the State Legislative Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri)," he said when contacted today.
Dr Zulkafperi said PN was also of the view that Azmin's experience could help him win in Selangor.
However, he said, Azmin, who is also PN's information chief, might face a difficult task in defending the Bukit Antarabangsa state seat that he won in the 14th General Election (GE14).
"This is because Malay voters are less than 50 per cent and it could be difficult. We do not rule out the possibility of him staying or choosing another state assembly that may side with PN," he said.
Azmin served as Selangor Menteri Besar from 2014 to 2018 and became the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman since 2008.
Meanwhile, Dr Zulkafperi said PN was confident of winning 33 state assembly seats in the next state election.
The Selangor State Assembly has 56 seats.
Dr Zulkafperi said based on current observation, PN appeared to have increasing support from young people, especially via social media platforms.
"I am confident that PN will be able to capture Selangor through the unification of the ummah (penyatuan ummah) between Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Pas.
"We want the Malay wave to continue by supporting PN and rejecting PH (Pakatan Harapan) and BN (Barisan Nasional)," he added.