Excerpt from Malaysiakini:
At 9.03am, Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Arif Shah submitted his nomination papers. Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader, Anwar Ibrahim submitted his papers shortly after, at 9.15am.
An independent, Mansor Othman, who was a former PKR leader in Penang, submitted his nomination at 9.30am, followed by Hanafi Hamat of Angkatan Keadilan Islam Malaysia (Akim) at 9.45am.
1. Barisan Nasional had approached these two gentlemen and prepared to finance them with the sole objective of reducing Anwar's majority. Since they had a the infinite amount of resources, they are willing to lose the deposit if these two men poll less than 1500 votes individually. Either one of them is related to the UMNO-splinter cell in PAS but I doubt so.
2. There could be a certain percentage of people who thinks that Anwar has held the seat long enough in 1982 and decided for a fresh change rather than holding it longer. Given Mansor is based in Penang, he could poll more than Hanafi. But the question is of the radius of Mansor's sphere of influence.
The next 10 days will see various speeches in the public and let's wait to see what other non-candidates who will speak at the speeches say.