Mahathir to contest in Langkawi in Malaysia polls: Sources
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, will object to in Langkawi in his house state of Kedah in looming polls, sources with knowledge of the matter informed Channel NewsAsia.
“It’s verified,” one person told Channel NewsAsia on Monday.The opposition union chairman is expected to make his quote to go back to the country’s top office in the islands he assisted become a significant tourism center, barring any changes in strategy. Dr Mahathir, 92, has to win a parliament seat to be interim prime minister, as prepared, should the opposition form the federal government in polls due any week now.Dr Mahathir had joked recently that where he would be objecting to was a “national trick”. However, he had actually formerly narrowed it down to three locations: Langkawi, Kubang Pasu, and the administrative capital of Putrajaya.While a formal announcement has yet to be made, Dr Mahathir has been working the ground in Langkawi. In 2013, the ruling Barisan Nasional union had actually retained the parliamentary seat with 21,407 votes, more than double the variety of votes won by the candidate from Anwar Ibrahim’s People’s Justice Celebration(PKR). This time, however, Dr Mahathir is anticipated to bank on citizen nostalgia to help him wrest the seat, even if contesting under a PKR banner. The veteran politician will have to utilize PKR’s logo when campaigning as his own celebration, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, was provisionally dissolved on Thursday, two days before Malaysia’s parliament was liquified, for supposedly failing to provide necessary documents to the Registrar of Societies.The medical doctor went back to active politics in 2016 in a bid
to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak and his own previous celebration, UMNO, from power, saying they not represented the politics he believed in. Dr Mahathir first started criticising Mr Najib over the controversies surrounding state investment fund 1MDB prior to leaving UMNO to form his own celebration, Bersatu, with other previous UMNO members.