Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Permatang Pauh: It's Anwar vs. Arif Shah Omar Shah

He got nothing to lose, ain't he?

Wednesday August 13, 2008 MYT 10:29:20 PM
Arif Shah is BN candidate

Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah is the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat by-election.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the announcement in Permatang Pauh Wednesday night.

Arif Shah is the assemblyman for Seberang Jaya, which is among the three state seats under the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency.

The other two are Permatang Pasir, which was won by PAS in the March 8 general election; while PKR clinched the Penanti seat.

The Permatang Pauh seat fell vacant on July 31, when Anwar's wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail resigned to make way for her husband to contest.

Nomination for the by-election is Saturday while polling will be on Aug 26.

In the general election, Wan Azizah retained the seat by obtaining 30,338 votes against Datuk Pirdaus Ismail of Umno, who garnered 16,950 votes.

As at July 31, 58,459 voters, 490 of them postal, were registered as eligible to cast their ballots in the by-election.

Except for Seberang Jaya, which is a cosmopolitan centre, the rest of the constituency is made up of villages and farmland, mainly paddy fields.

Some background info:

Arif seen here fondling helping a goat.

He was the only Barisan Nasional candidate to win a state seat in the parliamentary constituency in the March 8 polls.

Arif Shah, a graduate of Nanyang University in Singapore, is known for his proficiency in Mandarin.

He had planned to set up a centre for stray cats and animals at Taman Tenggiri in Seberang Jaya on Penang mainland by the end of 2007, the funding for the centre would come from him personally. (Permatang Pauh-ers, is the such a centre?).

Read more here.

Is he related to this bankrupt, AMIN Shah Omar Shah? (Hat-tip to YB Taiko)

Looks like him, may sound like him (with his fluent Chinese), but it's not him (his brother, perhaps?)


Taiko's pix.

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