KUALA LUMPUR: Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein says he has no interest in contesting the Langkawi parliamentary seat in the next general election.
Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad had challenged him to do so.
Hishammuddin said he would seek re-election in his Sembrong parliamentary constituency in Johor.
“I see this as ‘kid’s stuff’, challenging me to stand in Langkawi. I want to remind Dr Mahathir that he was the one who offered to contest in Pekan, Pahang.
“I never offered myself to contest in Langkawi. I am very comfortable in Sembrong. So there is no need for me to say anything more,” he said.
Hishammuddin said he had never said he would contest in Langkawi, as that was only Mahathir’s wish.
“I said the other day that if he wants to contest in Pekan, then go ahead and contest… but that was his (Mahathir’s) wish. I never said I wanted to contest in Langkawi.
“I am very disappointed with the politician who is a veteran and I am not going to entertain these things,” he said.
Last Sunday, Hishammuddin described Mahathir’s statement that he would contest in Pekan in the coming general election as a populist remark.
Hishammuddin also viewed Mahathir’s remark as an attempt to distract Umno members, who were currently holding their divisional delegates’ meetings.