Malaysia: Pakatan announces Tanjung Piai Bersatu chief Karmaine Sardini to run for by-election

  • Tanjung Piai Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) division chief Karmaine Sardini is the Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate for the parliamentary seat in the 16 Nov 19 by-election.
  • The announcement was made by Johor PH chief Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Hai Kee Hall in Jalan Johor here on 28 Oct 19. Karmaine, 66, was a former teacher at SMK Teluk Kerang in Tanjung Piai before continuing his studies in architecture.
  • He later served as an architect in the Kuala Lumpur City Hall from 1980 to 2000. Karmaine was also the former Tanjung Piai Umno division treasurer before leaving the party.
  • He once contested as Bersatu candidate during the last general election in the Pontian parliament where he lost to incumbent Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan by just 833 votes.
  • The Johor state government also appointed him as a board of director member at Yayasan Pelajaran Johor earlier in 2019. A local Pontian native, Karmaine is also the former imam of Al-Muttaqin Mosque in Johor Baru.
  • Muhyiddin, who is also Bersatu president, said that while many candidates were qualified for the seat, Karmaine’s selection was a good choice and in line with the criteria outlined by PH.
  • Earlier, Muhyiddin, who is also the home minister, outlined five key issues, including addressing the cost of living, improving healthcare facilities and opening more employment opportunities to local youths.

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