TANJUNG MALIM, Aug 12 — Supporters of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today named a lawyer as the candidate for the Slim state by-election scheduled to be held on Aug 29.
The announcement and introduction of Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi, who will be contesting on an Independent ticket, was made in a ceremony here tonight which was also attended by Dr Mahathir.
The Election Commission set the Slim state by-election to be held on Aug 29 with nomination day on Aug 15 and early voting on Aug 25.
The by-election was called following the death of the incumbent Datuk Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib, 59, of a heart attack on July 15.
In the 14th General Election, Mohd Khusairi of Barisan Nasional defended the Slim state seat for the fourth term with a majority of 2,183 votes, defeating the Bersatu candidate who contested on a PKR ticket, Mohd Amran Ibrahim and PAS candidate Muhammad Zulfadli Zainal. — Bernama