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MBs head to Putrajaya to hand in candidates lists

Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers have begun making a beeline to the Prime Minister's Department to discuss with Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the final candidates lists.

The marathon session with Abdullah, his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad began with Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at 9.30am.

This was followed by Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (Terengganu), Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo (Selangor) and Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali (Perak).

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam was seen driving through the entrance of the Prime Minister's Department at 7pm.

It is learnt that the meetings with each Mentri Besar or Chief Minister lasted between two and three hours.

Shahidan, when approached by reporters outside, declined to comment while it is learnt that Dr Khir left the Prime Minister's office at 5.20pm using a different exit.

Idris, when met by reporters at 5.30pm just after the meeting, said he would announce the party's candidates in Terengganu at noon today.

“The Prime Minister said he would forward the final list to me before noon,” he said.

However, he declined to state whether his list would be fully approved, adding that it was up to Abdullah.

Asked whether Abdullah was satisfied with the proposed list, Idris replied: “There was no problem with the list but it took time to go through the names one by one.”

It is learnt that Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman met with Abdullah at Seri Perdana on Monday.

Ali Rustam is expected to announce the candidates' list on Friday.

Mohd Ali is expected to obtain the approved list from the Prime Minister either on the eve or the morning of the day he makes the announcement.

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