Mahathir may stand in Langkawi or Putrajaya, says PPBM veep

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KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad is very likely to contest the Putrajaya or Langkawi parliamentary seat in the next general election, according to PPBM vice-president Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman.

“I think Dr Mahathir will offer himself as a candidate, as he is the torch bearer for us.

“According to all the talk, there is a big possibility he will contest in Langkawi, although he has also been asked to stand in Putrajaya,” Abdul Rashid told The Star.

Dr Mahathir, who is PPBM chairman, said recently he had not ruled out the possibility of contesting in Putrajaya. “Yes, maybe I will stand in Putrajaya,” the former prime minister, who was responsible for building Putrajaya, had said.

The Star reported Abdul Rashid as being reluctant to say whether he would contest in GE14, although he did say that he was very active in Kota Baru. He is Kota Baru PPBM chairman.

Abdul Rashid, a former Election Commission chairman, said PPBM would likely contest 38 seats, and go head-to-head with Umno in all these seats.

“This is more than what the DAP won in the last general election. We have no choice, as we are the lead party in Pakatan (Harapan) in terms of wooing Malay support.

“We also consider ourselves the leader in terms of getting public support for the opposition,” he was quoted as saying

Abdul Rashid said PPBM would lead Pakatan Harapan’s charge in Kedah, Johor and Perak in GE14.

According to him, PPBM was particularly strong in Kedah, the home state of Dr Mahathir, and Johor which is party president Muhyiddin Yassin’s base.

In order to contest more state seats in states such as Johor, he said PPBM might have to compromise by contesting fewer parliamentary seats.

“We probably won’t get all that we originally wanted, but that’s all right as we will compromise,” he told The Star.