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Published: Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:10:38 AM

GE13: 20-year wait to be a candidate ends

LAHAD DATU: Newcomer Datuk Mohd Yusof Apdal said he had waited more than 20 years to be an election candidate and was thrilled and excited when his name was announced to contest in Lahad Datu.

Though he was once disciplined over a party offence, the 53-year-old younger brother of Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said he had put this all behind and did not believe it would have a bearing on voters.

“I did not break the law. I didn't do anything wrong to the rakyat or voters. So I'll leave it to them to assess and evaluate me,” the former Silam Umno division chief, who was suspended for three years in 2004 for breaching party discipline, said in a phone interview.

“In the past four elections, I waited to be a candidate but was not nominated.

“I respected the decision of our top leaders and didn't get angry or make a fuss. I accepted their decision.”

Mohd Yusof holds a Bachelor's degree in finance and a Master's in business.

His brother, who is Rural and Regional Development Minister, is slated to defend his Semporna parliamentary seat.

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