PKR deputy president and state PKR chief Azmin Ali is expected to name the party's candidates for Selangor later tonight.
Khalid believes that he can win back the Pelabuhan Klang seat for PKR. The party had won the seat in 2008 through Badrul Hisham Abdullah who had then defected to Umno.
Khalid said he was ready to take up the challenge to win back the state seat, which Umno is also confident on winning in the May 5 general election.
“The PKR leadership hopes that a heavyweight candidate can convince the Pelabuhan Klang voters to back PKR, and I have been entrusted with this responsibility by the party,” he said, as quoted by Keadilan Daily.
In 2008, Badrul Hisham won the seat with a 4,407-vote majority by defeating Umno’s Roselinda Abd Jamil and independent candidate Nazir Mansor.
On Oct 29, 2009, Badrul Hisham declared himself as an independent and on April 30, 2010, he joined Umno.
“Pakatan made a mistake by letting a defecting candidate to contest in Pelabuhan Klang in 2008. I now hope to correct this mistake and provide a better service for the Pelabuhan Klang voters,” he said.
He also urged voters in Ijok to support PKR’s candidate that would be replacing him, strongly suggesting that Idris is the right person to replace him.
“He is a local boy…anak Jawa Ijok, and a specialist doctor who had fought with the party since the reformasi days,” said Khalid.
Khalid won the Ijok seat in 2008 by defeating Umno’s Mohamed Sayuti Said with a majority of 1,920 votes.
Khalid will also be defending his Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat in Kuala Lumpur.
PKR deputy president and Selangor PKR chief Azmin Ali is expected to announce the party’s candidates for Selangor later tonight.