PR has nominated ousted chief minister Nizar Jamaluddin as the PAS candidate for the Bukit Gantang by-election on April 7. Nizar is a heavy weight and the right choice for the coalition.
According to Malaysiakini, in naming Nizar as the candidate, the opposition is turning the Bukit Gantang by-election into a referendum on the messy takeover of the Perak state government by Barisan Nasional last month.
This is a contest BN is set to become the under dog.
Earlier, PKR named the former member of parliament for Lubok Antu Jawah Gerang as its candidate for the Batang Ai by-election which is to be held on April 7.
Bukit Selambau is as good as a walkover for PKR. MIC is not expected to cause an upset in the by-election, largely due to its president Samy Vellu who was returned unopposed.
BN can expect tough contests in the three seats. Anwar has shown that he is serious in the candidate selection process.