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PENGUNJUNG SETIA

10 April 2013

CHUA TO STAND IN SEGAMAT EVEN IF DAP VIES FOR IT

By Ben Tan; Rizalman Hammim


TANGKAK: The Segamat parliamentary seat may see a three-cornered fight involving Barisan Nasional (BN), DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the event DAP is determined to claim its traditional seat back.

The possibility follows the announcement of Johor PKR chief Datuk Chua Jui Meng's candidacy for the parliamentary seat in the next general election by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at a ceramah here on Monday night.

Chua was adamant that he would contest the Segamat parliamentary seat, even if DAP were to name their candidate for the seat.

"Lawan tetap lawan, walaupun berdepan saingan tiga penjuru dengan tentangan DAP!" (I will still fight although it will be a three-cornered contest, including the DAP)," he said, in response to DAP's insistence that the party would not let go of its traditional seat.

However, Chua expressed hope that there would not be any objection from DAP so that the situation could be avoided.

Chua said he had taken it in good faith with regard to the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat swap with DAP and had even honoured the deal as it would allow DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang to contest the seat.

"I will work hard in Segamat in the next 18 to 20 days. It may be an unfamiliar area for me, but I believe there is hope for support from voters."

At the same function, Anwar also announced 10 PKR candidates for parliamentary seats in Johor.

Besides Chua in Segamat, Johor PKR vice-chairman Hassan Karim was named as the Ledang candidate. The announcement also saw PKR state election committee chairman Khuzan Mohammad named for Sri Gading, PKR Federal Territories education and training bureau chief Onn Abu Bakar for Sembrong, PKR president's political secretary and blogger Julailey Jemadi for Sekijang and PKR Johor deputy chairman Dr Ahmad Faidi Saidi for Pasir Gudang.

Anwar also announced that his former Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement comrade Datuk Idris Jauzi would contest the Batu Pahat seat, former armed forces chief Gen (R) Tan Sri Hashim Hussein (Johor Baru), state PKR elections director Steven Choong (Tebrau) and Muar PKR parliamentary seat coordinator Nor Nizwan Ahmad (Muar). PKR is tipped to contest the Pontian parliamentary seat, but has yet to name the candidate.

In 2008 general election, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam beat DAP's Pang Hok Liong by 2,991-vote majority.

SOURCE: NEW STRAITS TIMES, APRIL 10, 2013

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