(fz.com) - Outspoken politician Datuk Zulkifli Noordin has been picked to contest the Shah Alam parliamentary seat under the Barisan Nasional ticket, coalition chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today.
Zulkifli, who won the Kulim Bandar Baharu parliamentary seat as a PKR candidate in 2008, became a BN-friendly independent in 2010 after he was sacked from the party for criticising Pakatan Rakyat leaders.
He will stand as a BN direct candidate against incumbent Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad of PAS, with whom he had a much publicised feud over the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims.
He most recently had to apologise to the Indian community for hurting their feelings after a video clip of him belittling Hinduism appeared on YouTube and sparked widespread protests, including from the MIC.
Several police reports were lodged against the lawyer, with some parties calling for him to be charged for sedition. Zulkifli had claimed the video was taken years ago, when he was still a member of PAS.
Najib, in announcing the candidates for Selangor, said 80% of the candidates contesting for the coalition will be new faces.
He said BN does not only want Selangor to return under its rule but a strong government to fulfil the aspirations of the rakyat.
Najib added Umno would contest in 9 parliamentary seats and 35 state seats.
One major surprise was the announcement that Perkasa vice president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin will contest under the BN ticket in Shah Alam.
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