Tuesday, 17 November 2009
SHAH ALAM - Veteran politician and PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali has been nominated a senator to represent Selangor.
Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim forwarded Syed Husin’s name for a vote to the state assembly sitting on Tuesday, with 32 agreeing and three objecting, the Star reported. Twenty assemblymen were not present when the vote was taken.
Another candidate is lecturer and Petaling Jaya Municipal Councillor S Ramakrishnan Suppiah, 53, from the DAP, whose nomination had 32 votes in favour and two objections.
Ramakrishnan, a DAP member for nine years, was proposed by Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok and seconded by Kota Anggerik assemblyman Yaacob Sapari.
Two vacant seats on Dec 6
V Ganabatirao, a former member of the Hindu Rights Action Force, was originally named to represent Selangor with the backing of DAP assemblymen but was dropped.
Selangor’s two senate seat allocation will be vacant after the terms of Ikhwan Salim Sujak and Yip Kum Fook end on Dec 6.
Syed Husin was the long serving president of Parti Rakyat Malaysia who brought his party to merge with Keadilan forming the new entity, Parti Keadilan Rakyat, in the process.
Friends and associates immediately hailed his election to the Senate, saying that Syed Husin was most deserving of the appointment.