KUANTAN, Feb 22 (Bernama) -- Pahang Barisan Nasional (BN) will be fielding 30 percent new faces for general election on March 8, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob who would be defending the Pelangai state seat.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would constest the Pekan parliamentary seat again while Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis was retained for Rompin parliamentary seat.
The Pahang BN chairman said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had agreed to the list during their meeting in Putrajaya yesterday.
Most of the parliamentary incumbents had been named as candidates except Datuk Seri Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman, the incumbent for Paya Besar.
Pahang BN had named Panching state assemblyman Datuk Abdul Manan Ismail as the candidate for Paya Besar.
The Indera Mahkota and Temerloh parliamentary seats would be contested by new faces Salamon Ali Rizal Abdul Rahman, a lawyer, and Temerloh Umno deputy chief Saifuddin Abdullah respectively.
Fifteen new faces were named as candidates for state seats.
They were Chai Kok Lim (Tanah Rata); Wan Amizan Wan Abdul Razak (Tahan); Chang Hong Cheong (Teruntum); Mohd Shohaimi Jusoh (Lepar); Mohd Zairi Besar (Panching); and, Khairuddin Mahmod (Pulau Manis).
Others included Ibrahim Awang Ismail (Peramu Jaya); Datuk Shahaniza Shamsuddin (Kuala Sentul); Zaharuddin Abu Kassim (Kerdau); Wan Salman Wan Ismail (Jengka); Khairuddin Abdul Manan (Kuala Semantan); Nurul Azali Sulaiman (Guai); Tan Tin Don (Triang); Mohd Fadzil Osman (Kemayan); and, Mohd Johari Hussain (Tioman).
The incumbent for Indera Mahkota parliamentary seat, Datuk Wan Adnan Wan Mamat, would be contesting the Tanjung Lumpur state seat.
Adnan thanked those who had not been renamed as candidates for their services adding that he even left his name out of the list until the prime minister suggested that he contest the Pelangai state seat.
He said the candidates would be presented with their appointment letters tomorrow.