KUALA LUMPUR: PAS, which has previously been adamant about contesting in Kubang Pasu, is softening its stand and has agreed that “the Prime Minister's seat” should remain open for the opposition to choose the most suitable candidate for it.
This will pave the way for its allies Parti Keadilan Nasional and Parti Rakyat Malaysia to also offer their choice for the seat, expected to be vacated by Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad who had said he was retiring from politics later this year.
A recent PAS state meeting agreed that the door to Kubang Pasu should remain “open” so that PAS and its partners could make the necessary arrangements among their supporters.
“Kubang Pasu has been an Umno stronghold but we (PAS) had been able to reduce the majority at every general election.
“The opposition has an even chance of winning the seat,” said Kedah PAS commissioner Azizan Abdul Razak in an interview here.
He added that although PAS members in the state wanted the leadership to continue with a PAS challenge for the seat, “we have decided to keep the options open.”
“Let the best candidate be considered for the seat. It's immaterial from which party he or she comes from,” he added.
The Kubang Pasu parliamentary seat had been held by Dr Mahathir since the 1974 general election.
However, the Prime Minister, who announced that he would be stepping down in October, had also indicated that he would not seek re-election.
This resulted in intense lobbying among PAS and Keadilan members for the “most glamorous” seat in Parliament.
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