Kuala Terengganu by-election:Pas names Abdul Wahid Endut as candidate

Posted by Penarik Beca Friday, January 2, 2009

NST (1/1/09): Pas has named its Wakaf Mempelam state assemblyman Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut as the candidate for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election.

Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the party's choice was the best as Abdul Wahid is a highly respected leader and well known among the constituents.

Abdul Wahid, 52, who has been the Wakaf Mempelam state assemblyman for the past five terms had the experience which would enable him to get the votes needed to win the by-election.

"We have gone through a rigorous selection process and we are confident that our candidate met all the qualities that the people wanted," Abdul Hadi told a large crowd at the State Stadium tonight.

Abdul Wahid's nomination came as a surprise to many as it was widely speculated that the Pas candidate would be a toss between the party's state commissioner Datuk Mustafa Ali, Wan Abdul Mutalib and Batu Buruk state assemblyman Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi .
The announcement also signaled the desire of the president to choose a candidate from among its second echelon leaders and a preference for experience and people friendly.

Meanwhile, Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh said it does not matter who he was up against in the by-election.

"The BN is serious about winning. The party has an excellent track record and this will help win the people's confidence. Moreover, the BN has a head start in the campaign and we have managed to overcome problems.

"This week we will be getting more support from the BN machinery from other states. We will further strengthen our position," he added.

The number of voters in the con stituency is 80,229. Out of the num ber 79,194 are ordinary voters while 1,035 are postal voters.

The Election Commission is setting up 36 polling centres with 143 polling streams. The process will in volve 877 workers. (Photo courtesy of Utusan Malaysia - bakaq a.k.a. ~penarik beca)

Pas names surprise candidate after last minute change

Malaysian Insider (2/1/09): Four-term Wakaf Mempelam assemblyman Abdul Wahid Endut, who was once challenged to a fist fight by current Terengganu mentri besar Ahmad Said, has been named Pas's candidate for the Jan 17 Kuala Terengganu by-election in an eleventh hour decision that took many by surprise.

His selection is seen as a compromise decision as rival factions in the party could not agree on either Batu Buruk assemblyman Dr Syed Azman Nawawi or state party chief Datuk Mustafa Ali.

The announcement of Abdul Wahid as the Pas candidate is seen as an attempt to appease both the party’s “Erdogan” faction who are strong supporters of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the “Ulama” group who are close to the party president.

Pas will be hoping that Abdul Wahid’s candidacy will put to rest the uncertainty which has gripped the Islamist party amid factional disputes and the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) surprise early naming of heavyweight Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh as their candidate, in a move which clearly put Pas on the defensive.

Announcing his party’s candidacy last night, Pas president Hadi acknowledged it was a last minute change.

He also admitted it had been a difficult decision for him to make because all of the candidates the party had in mind were capable.

Mohd Abdul Wahid, 52, is a four-term assemblyman, Kuala Terengganu PAS chief and state PAS treasurer.

A Fisheries and Marine Science graduate from Universiti Putra Malaysia, he has never been defeated in the four elections he has contested.

It is learnt that Abdul Wahid was not on the initial list of candidates.

But he was chosen by Hadi after state party chief Mustafa declined to be nominated, and Batu Burok assemblyman Dr Syed Azman, who had been tipped to be the candidate as late as yesterday was not chosen due to his differences with state party leaders.

Nationally unknown, the 52 year old, who used to serve as a Terengganu state executive councillor, from 1999 to 2004 when Pas held the state government, is a popular party leader in the east coast state.

After BN wrested the state in 2004, he remained a vocal assemblyman and once accused the BN government of allegedly being “worst than the Jews” for tearing down some a settlement.

This had resulted in Ahmad, the current mentri besar who was then a state executive councillor, challenging him to a fist fight outside the state assembly.

Abdul Wahid Endut calon PAS untuk PRK Kuala Terengganu

Harakah (1/1/09): Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Wakaf Mempelam Abdul Wahid Endut diumumkan sebagai calon PAS dalam pilihan raya kecil Kuala Terengganu pada 17 Januari nanti.

Pengumuman itu dibuat oleh Presiden PAS Dato' Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang sebentar tadi di Stadium Negeri yang dihadiri lebih 10,000 penyokong.

Turut hadir sama dalam majlis penting itu Timbalan Presiden PAS Ustaz Nasharuddin Mat Isa, Naib Presiden PAS Mohammad Sabu, Setiausaha Agung PAS Dato' Kamaruddin Jaffar, Ketua Pemuda PAS Salahuddin Ayub dan beberapa pimpinan PAS Pusat yang lain.

Manakala di peringkat negeri dihadiri oleh Pesuruhjaya PAS Negeri Dato' Mustafa Ali, Timbalan Pengarah Pilihan Raya Dato' Wan Mutalib Embong, Adun Batu Buruk Dr Syed Azman Syed Nawawi dan saf kepimpinan negeri.

Abdul Wahid, 52 tahun adalah ADUN sejak lima penggal, lulusan Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) dalam bidang perikanan dan sains marin. Beliau memiliki rekod yang cemerlang sebagai Adun atau Exco selama sepenggal dan sebagai Adun pembangkang.

Wahid dianggap sebagai anak didik Pesuruhjaya PAS Terengganu, Dato' Mustafa Ali kerana kerusi Wakaf Mempelam yang beliau wakili kini adalah kerusi yang dimenangi oleh Mustafa ketika PAS melakukan 'comeback' di Terengganu pada tahun 1982.

Parlimen Kuala Terengganu mempunyai 4 Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) yang mana 3 daripadanya dimenangi oleh PAS manakala 1 DUN dimenangni BN (MCA)

DUN-DUN yang dimenangi oleh PAS ialah Wakaf Mempelam (Abdul Wahid Endut), Ladang (Tengku Hassan Tnegku Omar), dan Batu Buruk (Dr. Syed Azman Ahmad Nawawi)

Pilihan Raya Kecil Kuala Terengganu diadakan bagi mengisi kekosongan kerusi Parlimen P036 berikutan kematian mengejut penyandangnya, Dato Razali Ismail yang juga Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran Malaysia pada 27 Oktober lalu.

Pada PRU ke-12, 8 Mac 2008 lalu Dato' Razali calon BN menang tipis dengan majoriti 628 undi menewaskan calon PAS, Mohamad Sabu dan calon Bebas, Maimun Yusuf hanya mendapat 685 undi. Jumlah pengundi berdaftar di Parlimen Kuala Terengganu ialah 80,229 orang termasuk 1,035 pengundi pos.

PAS fields surprise candidate

Malaysiakini (1/1/09): Abdul Wahid is a surprise candidate as there were strong speculations that the party would be fielding one of their big guns - popular Batu Burok state assemblyperson Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi or either one of the two PAS veterans, Mustafa Ali and Wan Abdul Mutalib Embong.

The chosen PAS candidate however is not quite a greenhorn as he has been a politician for 16 years and is currently the Terengganu PAS treasurer. (More)

Mohd Abdul Wahid Endot is PAS candidate for the KT by-election

The Star (1/1/09)
: Four term Wakaf Mempelam assemblyman and state PAS treasurer Mohd Abdul Wahid Endot has been chosen by the party take on Barisan Nasional heavyweight Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh in the Kuala Terengganu by-election on Jan 17.

The much-awaited announcement, made last night by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, took many by surprise as even the PAS president said there was a “last-minute change”.

Abdul Hadi, who made the announcement at the packed Stadium Negeri in Batu Burok here, said it had been difficult to choose the PAS candidate, saying: “All of the ones we had in mind were highly capable people.”

In the end, he said, he made up his mind after adhering to the “Islamic methods”.

Thousands of PAS supporters, gathered at the stadium, broke into thunderous cheers when the announcement was made.

Party stalwarts, and leaders from DAP and PKR also attended the event.

Mohd Abdul Wahid, 52, is a four-term assemblyman, Kuala Terengganu PAS chief and state PAS treasurer. He is a Fisheries and Marine Science graduate from the Universiti Putra Malaysia.

His name had not even been on political observers’ list speculating about who would be the PAS candidate to face Wan Ahmad in the by-election.

Several names had come up including Batu Burok state assemblyman Dr Syed Azman Ahmad Nawawi, who is also the former Kuala Terengganu MP. Others were state PAS commissioner Datuk Mustafa Ali and his deputy Datuk Wan Muttalib Wan Embong.

It is learnt that some 72 PAS members had been tasked with obtaining feedback from the grassroots on whom they felt was the most appropriate candidate.

Views had also been sought from non-Malay voters.

The death of incumbent Datuk Razali Ismail of Barisan triggered the by-election.

ADUN Wakaf Mempelam pilihan PAS tanding di Kuala Terengganu

mStar Online (1/1/09): Dilihat sebagai pengumuman mengejutkan, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) kerusi Wakaf Mempelam lima penggal, Mohd. Abdul Wahid Endot akan mewakili Pakatan Rakyat bertanding pilihan raya kecil kerusi Parlimen Kuala Terengganu bulan ini.

Mohd. Abdul Wahid, 52, merupakan Ketua PAS Bahagian Kuala Terengganu dan juga Bendahari PAS Terengganu.

Pemilihan calon PAS itu, yang dilihat sebagai keputusan mengejut oleh banyak pihak, diumumkan di Kuala Terengganu pada pukul 10.55 malam tadi oleh Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Abdul Hadi yang membuat pengumuman itu di Stadium Negeri di Batu Burok berkata, memilih calon PAS memang sukar tetapi "satu-satunya yang berada dalam fikiran kami merupakan calon yang berkebolehan."

Abdul Hadi berkata, beliau sendiri yang memilih Mohd. Wahid yang menjadi ADUN Wakaf Mempelam sejak 1990, dan ia mendapat restu Mursyidul Am PAS, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

Menurutnya dalam pemilihan calon itu, beliau mendapat pandangan daripada pelbagai pihak termasuk mengadakan isytisyarah (pandangan daripada orang ramai) dan istiqarah (sembahyang dan minta petunjuk).

"Sangat susah pilih calon Pas kerana caloncalon yang diketengahkan semuanya baikbaik... tiada rasuah, tiada politk wang dan tiada penyelewengan politik," katanya.

Antara nama yang disebut mempunyai peluang cerah unutk menjadi calon PAS sebelum ini ialah Pesuruhjaya PAS Terengganu, Datuk Mustafa Ali dan ADUN Batu Buruk, Dr. Syed Azman Syed Ahmad yang juga bekas Ahli Parlimen Kuala Terengganu.

Mohd. Abdul Wahid, 52, merupakan bekas graduan jurusan sains perikanan dan marin dari Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Dengan itu, Ketua PAS Bahagian Kuala Terengganu itu dijangka menghadapi saingan calon Barisan Nasional (BN), Senator Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh.

BN mengumumkan calonnya dua minggu lalu dan persaingan kali ini dijangka empat penjuru termasuk dua calon Bebas.

Wakaf Mempelam merupakan salah satu bahagian DUN dalam kawasan Parlimen Kuala Terengganu.

Tiga DUN yang lain ialah Bandar, Ladang dan Batu Burok.

Hari penamaan calon bagi pilihan raya kecil Kuala Terengganu adalah pada 6 Januari ini dengan 11 hari berkempen.

Pilihan raya kecil itu diadakan berikutan kematian Datuk Razali Ismail, Aahli Parlimen bahagian itu yang juga Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran ketika bermain badminton di Institut Aminuddin Baki, Genting Highlands pada 28 November lalu.

Jumlah keseluruhan pemilih berdaftar sehingga 4 Disember lalu dan layak mengundi ialah seramai 80,229 termasuk 1,035 pengundi pos.

Sebanyak 36 pusat mengundi disediakan di Parlimen Kuala Terengganu.

Pas calonkan Adun Wakaf Mempelam

Berita Harian (2/1/09): Pas malam tadi mengumumkan, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Wakaf Mempelam, Abdul Wahid Endut, 52, sebagai calon bagi merampas kembali kerusi Parlimen Kuala Terengganu yang disifatkan sebagai antara kubu kuat parti itu, pada pilihan raya kecil 17 Januari ini.

Pengumuman calon Pas yang akan bertanding untuk merampas kerusi Parlimen Kuala Terengganu yang sudah ditawan BN sejak dua penggal itu dibuat Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang di Stadium Negeri.

Abdul Hadi berkata, beliau memilih Abdul Wahid berdasarkan kriteria pemilihan yang disarankan Rasulullah dengan cara istikharah dan berisytisyarah, iaitu memohon pertolongan dan tawakal kepada Allah selain mendengar pandangan kawan dan rakan yang hampir.

Pengumuman calon Pas itu disambut dengan laungan takbir di hadapan 3,000 penyokong yang sudah berkumpul sejak jam lapan malam bagi menunaikan solat Isyak dan hajat.

Hadir sama pada majlis itu, Timbalan Presiden Pas, Nasharuddin Mat Isa; Timbalan Pengerusi DAP, Dr Tan Seng Giaw; Naib Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Mustafa Kamil Ayub; Setiausaha Agung Pas, Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar; Pesuruhjaya Pas Terengganu, Datuk Mustafa Ali dan Timbalan Pesuruhjaya Pas Terengganu merangkap Pengarah Operasi Pilihan raya Kecil Kuala Terengganu bagi Pas, Wan Mutalib Embong.

Abdul Wahid adalah Adun Wakaf Mempelam sejak 1990. Beliau juga adalah Yang Dipertua Pas (YDP) Bahagian Kuala Terengganu dan Bendahari Pas Terengganu.

Bapa kepada tujuh orang anak itu berkelulusan Ijazah Pertanian dari Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Hadi dalam ucapannya berkata, beliau memilih Abdul Wahid kerana beliau adalah YDP Pas Bahagian Kuala Terengganu bersesuaian dengan calon Barisan Nasional iaitu Ketua Umno Bahagian Kuala Terengganu.

“Beliau tidak pernah meminta dicalonkan sebaliknya dipilih bagi menggalas cabaran Pas,” katanya.

Pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Kuala Terengganu diadakan berikutan kematian bekas Ahli Parlimen Kuala Terengganu, Datuk Razali Ismail pada 28 November lalu dan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) menetapkan pengundian pada 17 Januari ini, manakala penamaan calon pada 6 Januari ini.

Abdul Wahid Endut is the Pakatan candidate for KT (Suara Keadilan)
Pas names Wakaf Mempelam assemblyman for KT by-election (Bernama)
Adun Wakaf Mempelam jadi calon PAS (Bernama)
Wahid Endut calon Pas Kuala Terengganu (Utusan Malaysia)
Kuala Terengganu : Dua ketua bahagian berentap (Agendadaily)

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