JOHOR BARU: Barisan Nasional does not need to follow the strategy of other parties that have started to introduce their candidates in the upcoming Johor state election.

Umno information chief Shahril Sufian Hamdan believes Barisan election director Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has his own approach when it comes to naming the coalition candidates, and the best time to do so.

Shahril Sufian added that how Mohamad chooses to unveil Barisan candidates will definitely be in the best interest of Barisan and the people of Johor.

“In the context of candidates, we are not too affected with what the other side is doing as I am sure Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his deputy Mohamad, as well as state Umno chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad, have their methods and strategies.

“On when we will be naming the candidates, let the party leadership decide who, and the timing, as Umno and Barisan are not bound by other parties’ methods,” he said after attending a dialogue session with local graduates at a restaurant here yesterday.

Pakatan Harapan, through DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), has so far named four candidates for Johor.

On Friday, incumbent Paloh assemblyman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali of DAP became the first candidate to be officially announced, with a declaration that he will be defending his seat.

Earlier yesterday, DAP has also named incumbent Mengkibol assemblyman Chew Chong Si to defend his seat while Amanah has fielded incumbent Pulai Sebatang assemblyman Muhammad Taqiuddin Cheman for the Mahkota seat.

DAP has also named incumbent Penggaram assemblyman Gan Peck Cheng, who is also the state deputy Speaker, to defend her seat.

The Mahkota seat was previously won by former Amanah assemblyman Muhamad Said Jonit, with 19,507 votes against Umno’s Datuk Md Jais Sarday (17,839) and PAS’ Muhammad Hasbullah Md Najib (3,092).

In February last year, Muhamad Said and two other Amanah assemblymen left the party for PKR.