#GE13* Kula to defend Ipoh Barat seat

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IPOH (April 19): Ipoh Barat incumbent MP M Kula Segaran will be defending his seat, ending speculation that he was poised to move to Johor.

This was revealed when the DAP line-up for Perak was announced last night. DAP Perak will contest in 18 state and seven parliamentary seats – the same number of seats as in the 2008 election.

Ten new faces will contest in the coming elections out of the 18 state seats. State DAP bigwig Nga Kor Ming will now contest in Kepayang. His old state seat which he won in 2008, Pantai Remis, will be contested by Wong May Ing, who served as DAP Perak chairman Ngeh Koo Ham's private secretary.

Another notable name missing in the line-up is the popular Jalong assembly member Leong Mee Meng who has been dropped and replaced by newbie Loh Sze Yee. Kula's aide Cheong Chee Khing will be one of the newbies contesting in Bercham.

It looks as though a three-corner fight is shaping up in Jelapang as DAP has officially named Teh Hock Ke as its candidate. Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) local leader M Saraswathy had been hopeful that DAP would give way and allow her to contest in the seat which was won by DAP's Hee Yit Foong in 2008. Hee’s defection a year later allowed the state to fall into Barisan Nasional's hands.

Out of the seven parliamentary seats, DAP will field four new faces. Thomas Su Keong Siong will replace DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang in Ipoh Timur; V Sivakumar, former Perak speaker and Tronoh assembly member will contest in Batu Gajah, replacing Fong Poh Kuan; while Sean Leong Peng will replace M Manogaran in Teluk Intan. The latter is moving to the Cameron Highlands seat.

During the introduction of the candidates in Ipoh last night, Ngeh brought up the complications the party is facing with the Registrar of Societies' (RoS), claiming that it was part of a dirty tricks campaign against DAP.

"The RoS does not recognise the Central Executive Committee (CEC) so there is no one (recognised by RoS) to sign the nomination forms. This means that we cannot run using the Rocket symbol. This is a dirty, disgusting and malicious (ploy),” he said.

Meanwhile, PAS also announced its list of candidates in the same event last night. It will contest 22 state seats and 7 parliamentary seats in the coming polls.

Perak PAS state commissioner Abu Bakar Hussain said that the party will field 41% new faces and 59% old faces in this election.

PKR Perak state chief Dr Nur Manuty only announced 19 candidates for state seats, and 9 candidate for parliamentary seats.

The party contested 20 state seats and 10 parliamentary seats, with PSM contesting under the PKR ticket.

PKR gave the Changkat Jering state seat to PAS’ Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin, who is also Perak Pakatan Rakyat chairman

When asked, Nur said that the compromise was to avoid a three cornered fight in any seats and to ensure Pakatan Rakyat wins in this election.

Nur said in the press conference after the announcement that PKR and PAS had reached consensus that the Manong state seat will be contest by PKR in the 14th general election.

Below are the full list of candidates for DAP and PAS

DAP Perak state seats

N17 Pokok Assam - Teh Kok Lim      

N18 Aulong - Leow Thye Yih    

N22 Jalong - Loh Sze Yee  

N25  Canning - Wong Kah Woh    

N26  Tebing Tinggi - Ong Boon Piow  

N27  Pasir Pinji - Lee Chuan How   

N28 Bercham - Cheong Chee Khing

N29  Kepayang - Nga Kor Ming   

N30 Buntong - Sivasubramaniam A/L Athi Narayanan  

N31 Jelapang - Teh Hock Ke      

N32 Menglembu - Lim Pek Har  

N33 Tronoh - Yong Choo Kiong     

N37 Pantai Remis - Wong May Ing    

N40 Malim Nawar - Leong Check Keng

N41 Keranji - Chen Fook Chye   

N50 Sitiawan  - Ngeh Koo Ham   

N55 Pasir Bedamar - Terence Naidu A/L Raja Naidu  

N57 Sungkai - Sivanesan A/L Achalingam  

DAP Perak parliamentary seats

P60  Taiping - Nga Kor Ming          

P64  Ipoh Timor - Thomas Su Keong Siong

P65  Ipoh Barat - M Kula Segaran  

P66  Batu Gajah - Sivakumar A/L Varatharaju

P68  Beruas - Ngeh Koo Ham          

P70  Kampar - Ko Chung Sen         

P76  Teluk Intan - Seah Leong Peng      

> PAS Perak state seats

N5 Selama - Mohd Akmal Kamarusin

N6 Kubu Gajah - Mohd Nazri Din

N8 Titi Serong - Abu Bakar Haji Hussain

N11 Gunung Semanggol - Mohd Zawawi Abu Hassan

N12 Selinsing - Husin Din

N14 Changkat Jering - Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin

N15 Trong - Norazli Musa

N16 Kamunting - Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Aziz

N19 Chenderoh - Mohamad Azlan Mohamad

N20 Lubok Merbau - Mohd Zainudin Mohd Yusof

N21 Lintang - Ahmad Mazlan Othman

N23 Manjoi - Asmuni Awi

N35 Manong - Jamil Dzulkarnain

N36 Pengkalan Bharu - Khairuddin Abd Malik

N38 Belanja - Najihatussalehah Ahmad

N43 Sungai Rapat - Ahmad Radzi Othman

N49 Kampung Gajah - Ishak Saari

N51 Pasir Panjang - Rohawati Abidin

N53 Rungkup - Mohd Misbahul Munir Masduki

N56 Changkat Jong - Mohd Anuar Sudin

N58 Slim - Aminuddin Zulkipli

Parliament seats

P54 Gerik - Norhayati Kasim

P55 Lenggong - Razman Zakaria

P56 Larut - Mohd Fauzi Sa'Ari

P57 Parit Buntar - Mujahid Yusuf Rawa

P59 Bukit Gantang - Idris Ahmad

P67 Kuala Kangsar Khailil Idham Lim

P69 Parit Muhammad Ismi Mat Tain