By Syed Akbar Ali
"Kota Baru: Deputy Umno president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah will head the Barisan Nasional election machinery for the Galas state seat by-election. . . He added Tengku Razaleigh will be assisted by Kelantan Umno liaison chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. . . “i’ve contacted Tengku Razaleigh, and he has agreed to the appointment,” Muhyiddin said yesterday.
Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassin has also said that the candidate should be from the area. Well Galas is part of Gua Musang, where Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has been the MP and wakil rakyat for decades. An important section of the vote here belongs to the Orang Asli community, with whom Ku Li does have a special relationship.
One suggestion is that BN pick Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as the candidate for Galas. In this way he can be both the campaign director as well as the candidate. Or someone else can take over as campaign boss and ku li just focus on the candidacy.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah would make an ideal candidate in this 11th by election since the march 2008 general elections. There need not be any tug of war to be chosen as candidate. It would also reduce trhe risk of sabotage from within the party.
The fact that Ku Li has agreed to act as advisor to PAS over the Kelantan oil royalty issue has little consequence. This is still Kelantan. This is just thinking out loud.