Dr M’s Gerakan Tanah Air eyes 120 seats in GE15

PUTRAJAYA: Newly formed movement Gerakan Tanah Air will be contesting in 120 seats for the upcoming general election, says its chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Dr Mahathir, who is also Pejuang chairman, said that the movement would field candidates, specifically in Malay-majority seats in the peninsula.

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“We will focus on the peninsula first.

“Although we do have a small movement in Sabah, there are no plans to contest there yet,” he said at a press conference on Thursday (Aug 4).

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He also said there was no candidate proposed by the movement for the position of the prime minister yet.

The former premier added that the movement stood a strong chance in winning multi-cornered contests for the upcoming polls.

“Most Malays oppose corruption so we have a good chance because the people will want change,” he said, in reference to seats which Umno and Bersatu, among others, had also field candidates.

Dr Mahathir also said the movement would not collaborate with the “court cluster”, adding the current four parties in the movement are free from any corruption record.

“It is our moral purpose,” he said.

Earlier today, Dr Mahathir announced the setting up of the Gerakan Tanah Air movement to ensure the rights of the Malays are taken care of.

The movement consists of four political parties, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academicians and individuals, he added.

They include the National Indian Muslim Alliance Party (Iman), Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) and Parti Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Berjasa).

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