GE13: Kota Baru not for Zaid, says PAS

(The Star) – PAS election director Dr Hatta Ramli said former Umno man and federal minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim will not be fielded as a PAS candidate for the Kota Baru seat.

Dr Hatta said the party had its own candidate for the seat “but it is not for him (Zaid)”.

“We have finalised the candidate list and in fact, we have made several announcements on who they are,” he told news portal The Mole.

Hatta said news about Zaid contesting under the PAS ticket in Kota Baru was something new to him.

He was commenting on a news report stating that Zaid, who is former PKR stalwart, may contest in the Kota Baru parliamentary seat if given the chance by PAS.

It was reported that Zaid had confirmed there was an informal discussion between him and PAS on the possibility of contesting the seat on a PAS ticket.

The Kota Bharu parliamentary seat is held by PAS’ Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah who defeated Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Mohd Fatmi Che Salleh with a majority of 11,288 votes in the last general election.

Zaid was sacked from Umno in 2008. He joined PKR in June 2009 before leaving the party in 2010.

He formed Parti Kesejahteraan Tanah Air (Kita) in January 2011 before announcing that the party was dissolved last year.

Earlier this year, Zaid reportedly announced that he would quit politics to join the private sector.