- Mahathir's decision to contest in Langkawi can backfire - Analyst
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Mahathir's decision to contest in Langkawi can backfire - Analyst

Last update: 17/04/2018

By Ismail Amsyar Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 (Bernama) -- After 19 years of staying away from the general election, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is returning to try his luck again, this time in GE14, in a different location and under a different banner.

Yesterday, Dr Mahathir who is also chairman of Pakatan Harapan announced his decision to contest the parliamentary seat of Langkawi, a Barisan Nasional stronghold, under the PKR ticket.

However, the announcement now raises the question of why is Dr Mahathir not contesting in Kubang Pasu, which has been his fortress for 30 years?

Dr Mahathir has been the member of parliament for Kubang Pasu since it was listed in GE4 in 1974 and had served it since 2004, as well as being prime minister for 22 years.

According to geopolitical strategist at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), associate professor Dr Azmi Hassan, Dr Mahathir's decision to contest in Langkawi could be due to the fact that his name is synonymous with development on the island.

Azmi said the former prime minister who turns 93 in July was seen as having better chances on Langkawi where the people acknowledged him for his contributions to the duty-free island.....


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