Zaid ‘not as lucky as other candidates’


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 11 Mar 2018

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim of DAP is unsure of his candidacy in the coming general election as he has not yet been offered a seat.

“Yesterday, I was in Kampong Dato Sulaiman Mentri. I was asked where I’d contest. I said there hasn’t been an offer; I am not as lucky as Wan Saiful or Maria Chin,” he tweeted yesterday.

Zaid was referring to Wan Saiful Wan Jan, the founding CEO of think-tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, and former Ber­sih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, who both left their respective organisations to contest in the elections.

Wan Saiful has joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and is expected to contest a seat while Maria Chin has voiced her intention to contest as an independent Pakatan Harapan candidate.

Appointed as a minister in March 2008, Zaid resigned from the Cabi­net six months later following his criticism of the then Internal Secu­rity Act being used against DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, journalist Tan Hoon Chen and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin.

He was suspended by Umno later that year and joined PKR in 2009.

However, Zaid had a fallout with the PKR leadership and formed Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air in December 2010, where he eventually resigned as president due to internal squabbling.

He joined DAP last year.

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