LABUAN: Rozman Isli, the incumbent Barisan Nasional-Umno candidate will be challenged by three others in Labuan.
Parti Warisan Sabah fielded Noor Halim Zaini, 54, and Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah by Siti Zaleha Ibrahim, 61, while PAS has fielded its Labuan deputy chief Ahmad Junid Mohamad Aling, 51.
Rozman, 52, won the Labuan seat in the 13th general election with 6, 625 majority against PKR and PAS who garnered 6, 069 and 386 respectively.
The Election Commission (EC) has registered 28,356 electors eligible to cast their votes in the 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9.
Returning officer Raisin Saidin received the nomination papers from all the contenders.
Speaking to the media later, Rozman called on registered electors of all groups to turn out on the polling day May 9 to cast their votes.
He said with increased in the number of registered electors to 28, 356 from 24, 474 (GE13), the turnout should also increase.
“We hope BN old voters continue to vote for us and for those new voters, let’s exercise your right and vote for BN for continuance development of Labuan.
“We must not be complacent that victory is already in our hands, importantly, we want to see increased turn out, so as, BN will increase majority, after all, casting vote is done only once in every five year,” he told reporters after submitting his nomination at the Nomination Centre of Labuan Matriculation College here.
“I must also thank former member of parliaments Suhaili Abd Rahman and Yussof Mahal for their morale support to me as candidate,” he said.
Noor Halim when contacted said he was confident of pulling off an upset despite being an underdog in the contest. He said Warisan enjoyed a strong presence on the duty-free island.
“Rozman may be popular but he’s out of touch with the ground as the people here are now very unhappy with the government. Unemployment and high cost of living have hurt many of the islanders.
“They are also further burdened by the unpopular goods and service tax (GST). These are issues that Warisan will be touching on,” said Noor Halim who was accompanied by some 500 party supporters, including Awang Mulok, the former member of Parliament there.
Noor Halim said he hoped for a fair fight from his opponents, especially the BN.
Meanwhile, Labuan Umno youth has slammed the move of a former Labuan member of parliament for supporting opposition Warisan for the Labuan parliamentary seat.
Though he was unnamed, it is understood that he was referring to Awang Mulok who has joined Parti Warisan.
Its chief Mohd Rafi Alli Hassan said the Labuan BN election machinery must not worry about the latter’s move as it would not affect the strength of BN candidate.
“The former is no longer relevant to Labuan and to the people as he has no contribution during his tenure as MP,” he said.