SUNGAI PETANI: Former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, who spoke to reporters after a long lapse, said he would not contest in the next general election.
The MP for Merbok in Kedah said: “I have no intention to seek re-election. I am old and this is my fifth term as MP for Merbok,” he said when asked whether he would contest in the next general election.
He said this after attending a Hari Raya open house in Batu Hampar in Merbok, about 30km from here yesterday.
Daim said he had notified the Merbok Umno division long ago about his decision. “They know I will not contest,” he said.
Asked who would replace him, he said it was up to Umno to choose the right candidate.
“I would prefer young blood. We can only suggest but the decision will be made by the party leadership,” he said.
Asked on the strength of the opposition in Merbok, he said Umno was still strong and with a new candidate it could win with a bigger majority.
On the opposition’s strength in Kedah, he said: “That you have to ask Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Syed Razak Syed Zain.”
Asked on the recent appointment of second Finance Minister Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, he said; “I do not have any opinions but I believe he will perform well.”
On his long absence, he said he was overseas, mainly in Europe and South Africa and only returned on Thursday.
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