JOHOR BAHARU, April 18 – The DAP will contest 6 parliamentary seats and 14 state assembly seats in Johor during the 13th general election (GE13). Announcing this today, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said the party will field ten new faces for state assembly seats and one new face for parliamentary seat.
Kit Siang, who will contest Gelang Patah parliamentary seat said the DAP will field a Malay candidate, Mahdzir Ibrahim, in Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat.
“Our candidates can trigger a political tsunami in Johor and Malaysia,” he told a press conference to announce the DAP canddiate list for Johor flanked by Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau. Dr Boo who will defend Skudai state seat said the party was confident of winning at least one parliamentary seat and half of the 14 state seats contested.
“The selection of candidates was made after discussion with all parties,” he said, adding that the candidate for Labis parliamentary seat will be announced soon. Among the DAP big names who will contest in Johor are strategist Liew Chin Tong (Kluang) and Teo Nie Ching (Kulai).
In 2008, Liew contested in Bukit Bendera while Teo contested in Serdang. Mahdzir, 37, said he was the coordinator of DAP internal bulletin Roketkini together with central committee member Zairil Khir Johari. The Batu Pahat born denied that the DAP was “anti-Malay” and “anti-Islam ” as often claimed by Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN). Asked about his chances of winning the Tanjung Piai seat, he said the Malay voters could accept DAP if given a clear explanation about the party’s struggle.
List of DAP candidates for Johor.
P.142 Labis – to be announced later
P.145 Bakri – Er Teck Hwa
P.152 Kluang – Liew Ching Tong
P.162 Gelang Patah – Lim Kit Siang
P.163 Kulai – Teo Nie Ching
P.165 Tanjung Piai – Mahdzir Ibrahim (new face)
STATE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
N02. Jementah – Tan Chen Choon
N06. Bekok – Lim Eng Guan (new face)
N10. Tangkak – Ee Chin Li (new face)
N12. Bentayan – Chua Wee Beng (new face)
N19. Yong Peng – Chew Peck Choo
N23. Penggaram – Gan Peck Cheng
N28. Mengkibol – Tan Hong Pin (new face)
N30. Paloh – R.Shanker (new face)
N42. Johor Jaya – Liow Cai Tung (new face)
N45. Stulang – Chen Kah Eng (new face)
N46. Pengkalan Rinting – Cheo Yee How (new face)
N48. Skudai – Dr Boo Cheng Hau
N52. Senai – Wong Shu Qi (new face)
N55. Pekan Nenas – Yeo Tung Siong (new face)