Sunday, February 24, 2008

BERNAMA: Five Johor Ministers Locked In Straight Fights

February 24, 2008 23:02 PM

Five Johor Ministers Locked In Straight Fights

JOHOR BAHARU, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- Five ministers from Johor are locked in straight fights in their quest to defend their seats.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said was the only minister who had won the Pengerang parliamentary seat unopposed for the second consecutive time.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister and Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will face Islamic preacher Razali Jamil of PAS.

Education Minister and Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein is challenged by Kluang Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chief Lee Sang for the Sembrong parliamentary seat.

Housing and Local Minister and MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, who switched from Tanjong Piai to Kulai, is facing DAP's newcomer Ng Pack Siong.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, who was returned unopposed in Kota Tinggi in 2004, is locking horns with Johor PAS Youth chief, Onn Jaafar, while Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin is crossing swords with unheralded Md Rizan Mohd Saman of PKR for the Pasir Gudang seat.

Menteri Besar and Johor BN chief Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who will defend the Serom state seat, will face an unknown Rusman Kemin of PAS.

Johor has 26 parliamentary and 56 state seats.

BN is contesting in all 26 parliamentary seats, PAS (11), PKR (7) DAP (6) and Parti Rakyat Malaysia (1).

It has also fielded candidates in all 56 state seats, PAS (33), DAP (12), PKR (10) and PRM (2).

All parliamentary and state seats will see straight fights except for the Stulang state seat where BN's Mok Chek Hou will be up against DAP and PRM candidates.


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