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GE13: Kit Siang to contest in Johor


 Lim Kit Siang Lim Kit Siang

JOHOR BARU: DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang will contest in Johor, confirming speculation that he will go to the southern state to boost the party's chances in the general election.

Lim, however, is tight-lipped on the constituency he will contest in.

There had been talk that he was looking at the prospects of contesting in either Kulai, Gelang Patah or the Bakri parliamentary seat.

Asked about this, Lim said he would be “testing waters” in Johor Baru, Batu Pahat, Kluang and Muar during meetings with grassroots party members and voters at the request of Johor DAP.

“In the following three days, I will be attending a series of functions at these places to meet the people and to get their feedback,” he said at a press conference in Kulaijaya, near here, yesterday.

“I would then meet my Perak comrades to discuss the matter before an announcement is made,” added Lim, who is Ipoh Timur MP.

Questioned if he would be taking a risk by going to a state that is known to be a Barisan Nasional stronghold, Lim refused to comment.

Meanwhile, party insiders said Lim would probably contest in Gelang Patah.

The Pakatan Rakyat Opposition pact has marked Johor as one of its “frontline” states with PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub reportedly saying he was leaving his Kubang Kerian seat in Kelantan to contest in his home state here.

In his blog, Lim had posted that the Opposition pact would go for 15 of the 26 parliamentary seats at stake in Johor.

They include Gelang Patah, Kulai, Bakri, Kluang, Segamat, Johor Baru, Tanjong Piai, Labis.

The others are Batu Pahat, Ledang, Muar, Pulai, Pasir Gudang, Tebrau and Sembrong.

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