Highlights (with my details and comments):
The Perak trio
All three former Pakatan Rakyat state assemblypersons - Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang), Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering) - are not on the BN list, despite their 'important contributions' to Perak BN.
The trio had helped BN wrest back the state when they declared themselves as "BN-friendly Independents" in February 2009. Jamaluddin has since told the press that he will be defending his seat as an Independent.
(Clearly they were used by Najib solely for the purpose of the power grab of Perak, and dropped after use. They are not complaining simply because one was amply rewarded and two escaped criminal charges.)
Rais Yatim, 71...
Seven-term Kangar MP Radzi Sheikh Ahmad, 71...
Abu Seman Yusop, 69...
Zulhasnan Rafique, 59 ...Setiawangsa...
In Penang, Arif Shah Omar Shah, 57...
Not the president's men
Despite their prominence, former MCA president Ong Tee Keat and his sidekick Gan Ping Sieu (a serving MCA vice-president) will not be fielded...
Dr Chua Soi Lek (MCA), Koh Tsu Koon (Gerakan) and Peter Chin (SUPP) will not be fielded this time round. Both Koh and Chin are members of the interim cabinet. Koh and Chua will also go down in history as the first Gerakan and MCA president respectively not to contest in the general election.
Najib's four musketeers
Four member of Najib's office - Suffian Awang (Kuantan), Mohd Shafie Abdullah (Wangsa Maju), Sahlan Ismail (Pokok Sena) and Irmohizam Ibrahim (Kuala Selangor) - will be fielded in parliamentary seats...
Those punished for 'money politics'
Two Umno bigwigs who were punished by their party for indulging in 'money politics' - Isa Samad (Jempol) and Mohd Ali Rustam (Bukit Katil) - have both been "upgraded" to contest in parliamentary seats.
Isa was suspended from Umno between 2005 and 2008 for allegations of inducing party delegates to vote for him during the 2004 party elections, which saw him winning a vice-president position.
Ali was disqualified from contesting for the Umno deputy presidency over similar allegations of inducing party delegates.
Should they win - and the odds do seem to favour them - and make it to the cabinet, Najib can be assured of two loyalists by his side.
Perhaps the biggest surprise dropped by Najib was the inclusion of Zulkifli Noordin as a BN candidate for the Shah Alam parliamentary seat...
Another strange inclusion in the BN list is Selangor MCA Beliawanis chief Jessie Ooi, who is best remembered for her incoherent and screechy ramblings against DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng during a televised debate... Ooi is now being fielded in Kuala Kubu Baru.
Over at the People's Progressive Party (PPP), a last-minute switch resulted in the party fielding its president M Kayveas in Pasir Bedamar, a state seat in Perak that PPP has failed to win since 1999...