MALACCA, Apr 13 – DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang (pix)remains mum about his plans on whether to stay put in Johor or go for broke elsewhere in the party’s bid for the 14th general election (GE14). “Wait for the announcement,” he told reporters after a talk organised by Malacca Pakatan Harapan in Bukit Baru here last night.
Lim, 77, won his first parliamentary seat, Bandar Malacca, in the third general election in 1969. Since then he had served as MP in five states. On defending his Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor, he said it was out of the question as the constituency no longer existed. He said Gelang Patah has been redefined as Iskandar Puteri parliamentary constituency following the latest electoral boundary redelineation.
In GE13, Lim trounced then Johor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Othman with a majority of 14,762 votes for the Gelang Patah seat. The veteran politician was MP for Ipoh Timur in Perak for two terms and Tanjong in Penang for three terms. He also represented Kota Malacca here for two terms and Petaling in Selangor for one term.
Early last month, Gelang Patah Umno division chief Mohammad Khairi A Malik was reported to have issued a challenge to Lim to defend the seat in GE14 after claiming that “voters in the constituency had been asking where their MP had been all this while”. — Bernama