SERDANG: Barisan Nasional acknowledges that the Sungai Bakap seat in Penang previously belonged to PKR, says Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir.

Therefore, he said the question of who from Barisan will be fielded as a candidate in the upcoming Sungai Bakap state by-election does not arise.

Instead, he said, Barisan would give its full support to whoever is chosen as the Madani government’s candidate for the polls.

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“We respect that tradition, but what is important is the spirit of togetherness that we discussed and agreed upon regarding the candidate, who will be officially announced by our leadership,” he told reporters after the launch of the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Food Security Blueprint on Friday (June 7).

On Thursday (June 6), the Election Commission (EC) set July 6 as polling day for the by-election, with nomination of candidates on June 22 and early voting on July 2.

The seat fell vacant after its incumbent, Nor Zamri Latiff, 56, of PAS, died on May 24 due to stomach inflammation. – Bernama