ALOR SETAR, April 3- Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak(pic) is hoping that the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) component parties would not be contesting against each other in the upcoming general election as this had happened before.
“The discussion on (PR candidates) is still going on at the top level. I hope it (the selection) can be resolved soonest possible. If there is any dissatisfaction, it must be sorted out,” he said after handing out contributions to Tamil schools, here, today.
He said PR partners contesting against each other happened in the 2008 general election for the Derga state seat, involving candidates from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and DAP. Azizan was earlier asked to comment on the statement by Kedah DAP chairman Lee Guan Aik yesterday that a three-cornered fight might occur in certain parliamentary and state constituencies in Kedah.
This followed the announcement last Sunday by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the PKR candidate to contest the Alor Setar parliamentary seat while DAP is bent on contesting the seat. It is learnt that DAP is also interested in a number of parliamentary and state seats which were contested by PKR in 2008.
In the last general election, both the PKR dan DAP candidates, Cheung Khai Yan and Teoh Teik Guan, lost to Dr Cheah Soon Hai from BN for the Derga seat. Dr Cheah garnered 6,516 votes against Cheung’s 6,353 and Teoh’s 2,095 votes. Azizan said Kedah PAS would accept whoever selected as a candidate by the party’s central leadership.
Meanwhile, the PAS Supreme Council today unanimously agreed to name former director of the Malaysian Armed Forces’ Religious Corps, Brig Gen (Rtd) Datuk Najmi Ahmad as the candidate for the Baling parliamentary seat, replacing the incumbent Datuk Taib Azamudden Md Taib. The decision was announced by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang
following Taib Azamudden’s illness which forced him to withdraw from contesting.