KUANTAN: Former three-term Jerantut member of parliament Tan Sri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar looks all set to return to active politics.
The former Jerantut Umno division chief sprang a surprise by entering the Temerloh division top leadership race in the Pahang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) elections which begins tomorrow.
The 71-year-old, who previously served as the deputy transport minister between 2004 and 2008 before declining a deputy minister position after the 2008 general election during his days with Umno, will take on incumbent Temerloh division head Mohd Anuar Aziz and former Petrol Dealers Association secretary-general Datuk Mohd Rofaie Hamdan in a three-cornered fight.
Tengku Azlan, who is the younger sibling of the former Sultan of Pahang, the late Sultan Ahmad Shah, served as the Jerantut member of parliament between 1999 and 2013 before he was replaced by Datuk Ahmad Nazlan Idris as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the constituency.
It was rumoured that Tengku Azlan had quit Umno after the 14th General Election before joining Bersatu.
Besides Temerloh, six of the 12 Bersatu divisions in Pahang will see competition for the division head’s post at the party’s election while four division chairmen including State Bersatu secretary Mohd Yazid Mohd Yunus (Paya Besar) won unopposed.
The others who won unopposed were Datuk Abdul Khalib Abdullah (Rompin), Roslan Hassan (Bentong) and Dr Abdul Rashid Mohamed Ali (Cameron Highlands).
Pahang Bersatu chairman Wan Mohd Shaharir Wan Abdul Jalil, who is also the Jerantut division head, will be challenged by newcomer Tengku Mohd Ali Raja Daud while in Lipis two candidates who had previously contested in the general election - Aishaton Abu Bakar and Datuk Badarudin Abd Rahaman - will battle for the top post.
Pahang Bersatu Party Election Committee chairman Dr Omar Jamaludin said five divisions - Temerloh, Bera, Kuantan, Kuala Krau and Raub - will see a three-cornered fight while Jerantut, Lipis and Pekan will see a one-on-one battle.
Omar said the division polls in Pahang will be held starting tomorrow until March 7.
The Kuantan and Lipis divisions will hold their elections tomorrow (Feb 15) followed by Rompin, Kuala Krau and Cameron Highlands on Sunday while Jerantut and Pekan on Feb 22, Paya Besar and Raub on Feb 23, Bentong and Bera on Feb 29, and Temerloh on March 7.