"Perisytiharan memboikot pilihan raya oleh Barisan Alternatif pada 10 Januari lalu hanyalah helah PAS untuk melemahkan jentera Umno yang sudah berada di Batu Talam", mengikut lapuran yang diterbitkan oleh Harakahdaily hari ini (Ahad) yang mendakwa ianya bersumber dari Umno.
"BN umpama masih bermimpi dan belum mempercayai serta menerima kenyataan bahawa PAS akan memboikot pilihan raya Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) Batu Talam pada 28 Januari ini", menurut lapuran itu lagi.
BN To Announce Batu Talam Candidate Tomorrow
RAUB, Jan 14 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) will announce its candidate for the Batu Talam state by-election at 8 pm tomorrow, Pahang Umno Liaison Committee Chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said Sunday.
He said he would meet Prime Minister and BN Chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi tomorrow afternoon to hand over a list of names of the potential candidates for the Umno president to make the selection.
"I will also hand over the list of names to Deputy Prime Minister and Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tonight," he said.
Adnan, who is Pahang menteri besar, said seven potential candidates had been shortlisted by the Raub Umno Division at a meeting on Jan 4.
"All the potential candidates are local though there are among them those who are not committee members of the Raub Umno Division," he told reporters here.
Adnan did not say where the announcement of the candidate would be made.
He said the BN was prepared to face the by-election although an election atmosphere was missing after PAS announced it was boycotting the by-election.
He did not rule out the possibility of PAS working with or sponsoring an independent candidate.
Nomination Day for the by-election is Tuesday and polling is on Jan 28. The seat fell vacant after BN assemblyman Datuk Tengku Paris Tengku Razlan, 66, died of cancer on Dec 27 last year.