PETALING JAYA, April 10 — If he could have it his way, Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he would choose to contest in Langkawi, Kedah.
However, he added that the decision would be made by the PH committee.
“My choices would be either Langkawi, Kubang Pasu, Putrajaya, or Pekan,” he told a news conference after the federal Opposition pact’s weekly presidential council meeting here.
“The voters there would really like it if I was to represent the constituency as everytime I come to visit, Najib would visit after and come bearing gifts for them,” he joked, referring to Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Yesterday, news portal MalaysiaKini reported that Dr Mahathir would contest Langkawi in the election, and might also be considered for his former Kubang Pasu seat in Kedah or Putrajaya.
Dr Mahathir held the Kubang Pasu seat from 1974 to 2004, and was later replaced by BN’s Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum.
During his tenure as prime minister, Dr Mahathir made Langkawi a duty-free zone in 1987, and spearheaded the construction of Langkawi International Airport and Kuah jetty a year later.