ALOR SETAR - PAS had won Sungai Limau nine times in the past 13 general elections and looking for its 10th win on Nov 4.
Party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the constituency remained a PAS stronghold, with the Barisan Nasional (and the Alliance before it) winning the seat four times previously.
He added the late Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak, who retained the seat at the May 5 general election, had won the seat five times since 1995.
The party is fielding Jerai PAS Youth chief Mohd Azam Abd Samat, who is expected to defend the seat against Barisan candidate Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim.
When Azizan first won the seat, it was named Sala.
Following an electoral delineation, the seat was renamed Sungai Limau. It has over 27,000 voters.
"We are confident of retaining the seat if the by-election is conducted in a fair manner," said Abdul Hadi at an event to introduce Mohd Azam at Kampung Batu Sepuluh, Sungai Limau Dalam, on Monday night.
Abdul Hadi said Mohd Azam, 37, is the best person to replace Azizan, as he has good religious upbringing and that he was born and raised in Sungai Limau.
The Al-Azhar University graduate from Taman Markisa in Guar Chempedak is said to be a "political disciple" of Azizan.
Yesterday, Mohd Azam made a courtesy call at the home of Azizan's widow Puan Sri Faekah Sheikh Hamzah at Jalan Pegawai here.
He said Faekah had asked him to continue her late husband's work in Sungai Limau.
"I hope I can emulate Azizan's achievements," Mohd Azam said.
In the first general election in 1959, the seat had gone to a candidate of the ruling Alliance then. The Alliance retained the seat in the 1964 general election but lost it to PAS in 1969.
When the Alliance was regrouped as the Barisan Nasional, the ruling coalition won the seat in 1978 and 1982. After taking back the seat in 1986, PAS had retained it in all subsequent general elections.