Pakatan Harapan is expecting to field a candidate with experience and prominence for the Nov 16 by-election for the Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat, said Johor Harapan chairman Muhyiddin Yassin today.
Muhyiddin (photo) said although 18-year-olds are now allowed to stand for election, as announced by the Election Commission, Harapan preferred a candidate with experience in undertaking the responsibilities required of an elected representative.
Speaking to the media in Pontian, Johor, after attending a Volunteers Department programme under the Home Affairs Ministry which he heads, Muhyiddin said that so far, young candidates had not come forward to express their interest in contesting.
Muhyiddin, who is also Bersatu president and Harapan election director, said the shortlist of candidates is nearing finalisation and will be announced before the end of the month.
Having visited the Tanjung Piai area yesterday and this morning, Muhyiddin said he was satisfied with preparations undertaken so far for the by-election, and a study on voter attitudes indicated that residents would give their support to Harapan.
"I feel the sentiment (of voters) can be said to be very good. Although they are facing economic difficulties...their confidence in Harapan is there," he said.