LEDANG: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has confirmed that he will contest in the Gambir state seat in northern Johor.
“I came here to test the market and see the response before making a decision.
“There is very good support here and so this is the state seat which I will contest in,” he told reporters after ceramah in Gambir town on Saturday (April 14).
“I held in depth discussions with the local leaders and they indicated to me that this a good seat for me to contest in,” added Muhyiddin, who is Johor Pakatan Harapan chairman.
He had previously remained mum on whether he would defend his Pagoh parliament seat, saying that it was an “obvious choice”.
Gambir has 20,975 registered voters comprising Malay (58%), Chinese (40%) and Indians (1.5%) voters, and less than one percent Orang Asli voters.
In 2013, Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk M. Asojan won the seat by a slim majority of 310 votes, getting 8,705 votes to defeat PAS candidate Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed who got 8,395 votes.
Independents Mohd Zan Abu and Yunus Mustakim managed to get 837 and 261 votes respectively.
Also present at the ceramah was DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, who urged voters to support Muhyiddin and Pakatan candidates here.
He said that Pakatan aims to capture the Ledang parliament seat that comprises the Gambir, Tangkak and Serom state seats.
Ledang has 70,478 registered voters comprising Malay (54%), Chinese (41%), Indian (4%) and less than one percent Orang Asli voters.
In 2013, Datuk Hamim Samuri won the seat by a majority of 1,967 votes when he got 30,619 votes to defeat PKR Hassan Abdul Karim who managed 28,652 votes.