JOHOR BARU: After announcing that he will be contesting a parliamentary seat in the upcoming general election, state Opposition chief Liew Chin Tong is coy about whether he is eyeing Iskandar Puteri, whose incumbent MP Lim Kit Siang is retiring.
The Johor DAP chairman, who confirmed his intention to contest in the 15th general election when asked by the media here yesterday, said the ultimate decision would lie with the party’s central leadership.
Liew, who won the Perling seat in the Johor state election in March, said that besides the consideration of the central executive committee, there were three other factors to determine where candidates would be fielded in GE15.
“It also depends on whether there are any movements in the state line-up, our arrangements with the other parties in Pakatan Harapan as well as our competition’s line-up,” he told reporters after attending the coffeeshop talk programme with Lim and other DAP assemblymen in Taman Universiti here.
Liew contested and won in Bukit Bendera, Penang, in GE12 and, in the following general election, he was elected the Kluang MP in Johor.
In GE14, he contested the Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat but lost to MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is the current Transport Minister.
Meanwhile, during his short speech, the 81-year-old Lim reiterated that he would not be defending his parliamentary seat but would not give up on his political struggle.
At the event, Dr Boo Cheng Hau and Tan Hong Pin, both former Skudai assemblymen until they were dropped, also made brief remarks and sat at the same table as Liew and Lim.