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Four-way contest for Bukit Gelugor seat

The Bukit Gelugor parliamentary by-election on May 25 will be a four-cornered contest among the DAP, Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) and two independent candidates.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians will vote for one of four candidates to fill the parliamentary seat of Bukit Gelugor, in the state of Penang.

The position was vacated after veteran lawyer and politician Karpal Singh died in a road accident on April 17.

Ramkarpal Singh, son of Karpal Singh, had been chosen by the Democratic Action Party to defend the seat his father had won with more than 42,000 votes on May 25.

He will be up against two independent candidates - Mohd Nabi Bux Mohd Abd Sathar and Abu Backer Sidek Mohammad Zanand.

The relatively new Parti Cinta Malaysia's Huan Cheng Guan will also be contesting.

The race is widely tipped to be an easy win for Ramkarpal, bolstered by his late father's popularity.

Some have speculated that this is why the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) did not field a candidate this time, leaving the Bukit Gelugor by-election without a Barisan Nasional contender.

But MCA said it wants to focus its attention and resources on fighting Islamic party PAS' plans to implement hudud law in the state of Kelantan.

The party has already formed a 100-lawyer team to oppose the Islamic penal law.

Gan Ping Sieu, MCA’s sharia law and policy implementation committee chairman, said: “The highest benchmark of an Islamic theocracy is hudud.

“Once that can be achieved, many states will push for them and once that is done the whole mentality about punishment and prohibition, decisions and limitations about ways of life and the social fabric of life will change and that is the biggest worry for non-Muslims.”

However, the day after MCA announced it would not be running in Bukit Gelugor, PAS declared it would postpone pushing through its hudud bill for Kelantan in parliament.  

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