MO,13/3/2018, SEREMBAN: More than half of Gerakan’s candidates in the coming polls will be new faces, says Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong. “We have forwarded our recommendations to the Barisan Nasional leadership and a final decision should be made soon,” said the Gerakan president. He added that the party would not field the same candidate in both state and parliament seats.
“Fielding the same candidate in both parliament and state seats has its merits and Barisan has done this before. “But since we have only 45 seats, we will not be doing so,” he said during a visit to the state Gerakan office Tuesday. On Monday (March 11), The Star front-paged a report that an unprecedented number of Barisan leaders could be contesting both state and parliamentary seats.
Talk is rife that the ruling coalition may do so as a strategy to win more seats in what is seen as the most hotly-contested polls ever. Among those tipped to be contesting two seats include Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
On Gerakan’s preparation’s in Negri Sembilan, Mah said he was glad to note that the party continued serving the people although it failed to win the Senawang and Bukit Kepayang state seats in the 2013 polls. “We have been working hard although we were unable to win any of the two seats. “I also believe that Barisan will do better in Negri Sembilan this time around as the state government has been doing a lot for the rakyat, including bringing in a lot of investments as well as development to the state,” he said.