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PN names ‘local boy’ Khairul as KKB polls candidate



PN names ‘local boy’

Khairul as KKB polls


Amirul Aiman-

Bersatu’s Hulu Selangor acting chief, Khairul Azhari Saut, was unveiled as the opposition coalition’s candidate by Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin.

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Khairul Azhari Saut
Bersatu’s Khairul Azhari Saut was widely touted to be PN’s pick to contest the Selangor state assembly seat. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: Perikatan Nasional will field Bersatu’s Hulu Selangor acting chief, Khairul Azhari Saut, to contest the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election on May 11.

PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin named Khairul as the coalition’s candidate at an event in Batang Kali tonight.

Nominations for the by-election will be held on Saturday.

DAP’s Pang Sock Tao, who is housing and local government minister Nga Kor Ming’s press secretary, will contest the seat for Pakatan Harapan. DAP has held the Selangor state assembly seat since 2013.

FMT previously reported that Bersatu and Gerakan were both putting forward their candidates to represent PN in the by-election. Each party was lobbying to field a Malay candidate.

DAP’s Lee Kee Hiong, who had held the seat since 2013, died last month after a battle with cancer.

Khairul obtained an executive diploma in management from Universiti Malaya in 2019, followed by a master’s degree in executive business administration from Universiti Malaysia Pahang in 2021.

He is currently the managing director of Global Valley Venture Sdn Bhd.

Khairul previously served as a councillor with the Hulu Selangor Municipal Council. He was also chief executive of Petrogas Resources, head of the oil and gas department at Damini Corp, and a finance executive at Bursa Malaysia.

Muhyiddin said it was important for Khairul to be attuned to the voices of Kuala Kubu Baharu’s residents to effectively champion them in the state assembly.

“A victory (in this by-election) will also send the government another signal that the people in Kuala Kubu Baharu have rejected the government,” he said.

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