IPOH, April 17 — The Perak chapter of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) will put up a Chinese candidate in the state for the 14th general election (GE14).
State Amanah chairman Asmuni Awi said his party’s vice-chairman for Perak, Tan Seng Toh, will vie for the Ayer Kuning seat.
“We are a multi-racial party,” he said, when asked if Tan’s candidacy was a political strategy.
“We want to reflect our multi-racial side (with Tan’s candidacy),” he added.
Soon after he was announced as a candidate, other Amanah hopefuls teased Tan by asking if he is Malay.
Despite being a leader in the Islamist party, Tan is also a non-Muslim.
Speaking to reporters later, Tan said this was his third time contesting in a general election.
“I first contested the Bercham state seat in 2004 before standing in the Tapah parliamentary seat in 2008,” he said.
The 50-year-old businessman said he joined Amanah in 2016. He was formerly with PKR.
Asked about the change, Tan said he preferred Amanah’s methods.
On his chances of winning, Tan rated them as good.
“I received a good response from the people of Ayer Kuning,” he said.
He also said he would draw up a manifesto to address issues faced by the Ayer Kuning people, but declined to reveal its contents at time of writing.
In the 13th general election, Ayer Kuning was won by Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Samsudin Abu Hassan with a 3,485-vote majority in a three-cornered fight.