BUKIT MERTAJAM: Azman Shah Othman (pic) had only joined Parti Rakyat Malaysia two weeks before he was named PRM candidate for the Permatang Pauh by-election.
The 50-year-old businessman was only a member from April 9 - exactly 16 days before the April 25 nomination.
PRM vice-president Goh Chuin Loon said she proposed Azman's name to the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) as he was "a local boy" with a passion to serve the constituents.
"Azman has been a loyal supporter of the party and he also understands our ideology and what we fight for," she said here yesterday.
"Although he is a new member, we believe he has what it takes to serve Permatang Pauh."
Azman, who resides in Sungai Petani, Kedah, claimed that he travelled to Permatang Pauh regularly because he grew up there.
"If I'm given the mandate to represent Permatang Pauh, I promise to listen to the people here and discuss issues together before I bring their voices to Parliament.
"That's how we bring a change," he said.
On Penang PRM chairman Datuk Gary Nair's objection in fielding a candidate, PRM secretary-general Koh Swee Yong said that Gary was no longer a state chairman. "His views are invalid."