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PETALING JAYA (Jan 25): Several political parties are expected to be forced to drop a few big names from the list of candidates in the 13th general election (GE).

According to a Sinar Harian report on Friday, this cannot be avoided as a handful of candidates failed in the screening test conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for having problems with the law.

Among the big names that were not expected to be nominated again in this case include a menteri besar, a chief minister and two top leaders of a party.

The latest development was only known after an initial screening of the candidates list submitted by a few parties to the MACC, in preparation of the GE, was completed recently.

According to the daily's reliable sources, names of hundreds of candidates were given to the MACC and when the screening was over, some big names had failed the test. Based on the results, the parties that were involved were advised not to put the problematic big names as their candidates as there would be implications.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (pperation) Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdul refused to comment on the matter but merely asserted that MACC was still filtering through the lists of candidates sent by political parties.

He also said political parties intending to take part in the GE are still sending names of their candidates for screening and will continue to do so even after parliament is dissolved later.

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