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Former Malaysian minister Zaid Ibrahim says may contest Kajang byelection

Published on Feb 15, 2014 2:28 AM

KUALA LUMPUR - Former Umno leader Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim has said he intends to contest the upcoming Kajang byelection in Malaysia's Selangor state.

Writing in his latest blog posting, Mr Zaid said that contesting the seat would enable him to address numerous political and economic issues the country is currently facing, according to a report on Bernama news agency.

A decision to contest would pit Mr Zaid against opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the March 23 byelection, which was necessitated following the abrupt resignation of Parti Keadilan Rakyat assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh, in an apparent bid to make way for Mr Anwar to enter Selangor politics.

"Talking to Kajang voters would also test the acceptability of some of my ideas, which in turn could be useful feedback for our policy-makers," Mr Zaid said in his blog entry entitled 'Mulling for Kajang' which was published on Friday.

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