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Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by kang soon chen
ALOR SETAR: A three-cornered fight for the Alor Setar parliamentary seat is on the cards after Jawahar Raja Abdul Wahid from Malaysian United People's Party (Bersama) said he would contest for the seat.
The other two candidates vying for the seat are MCA vice president Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung and Kedah PKR legal bureau chief Gooi Hsiao Leung.
Jawahar, who is also party deputy president, will also contest the Bakar Bata state seat.
"Bersama is independent and not aligned to Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat, we are a party open to all races from all states in Malaysia," Jawahar told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.
The party, founded in 1994, was formerly known as Parti Demokratik Setia Hati Rakyat Bersatu Sabah (Setia) before it was changed to Bersama in 2011 following its expansion to Peninsular Malaysia.
Jawahar said more Bersama candidates might be announced on Friday before nomination day on Saturday.
The 50-year-old businessman said he decided to contest to serve the people in the constituency.
"In this day and age in Kedah, there are still poor folks living in houses with leaking roofs, struggling to put food on the table.
"I want to help improve the living standards of these people and provide better education for students," said Jawahar.
He also pledged to offer free legal services to the constituency and fight to end contempt of religion.
On the anticipated multi-cornerd fight for the Alor Setar parliamentary seat, Jawahar said he stood a good chance as he was a local.
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