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Malaysia GE13: Opposition coalition resolves Johor squabble

Published on Apr 5, 2013 1:31 PM
 
Mr Chua Jui Meng, the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat Johor chief, broke his two-week silence on Friday to say that he remained a leader in the opposition even though he has yet to be given a seat to contest in the general election. -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

KUALA LUMPUR - The opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) appeared to have resolved its bitter quarrel in the crucial state of Johor after the squabble threatened to derail their campaign to win at least 10 seats there.

Mr Chua Jui Meng, the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Johor chief, broke his two-week silence on Friday to say that he remained a leader in the opposition even though he has yet to be given a seat to contest in the general election.

"I do not have a house to go to. I had a house, it was Gelang Patah," he told reporters at the PKR headquarters.

"I was asked to lead the charge for Johor PKR there and then I was told to leave my house."

The Gelang Patah seat was given to the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) veteran MP Lim Kit Siang who will lead the PR charge in the southern state.

The Star reported on Friday that the current Johor menteri besar Ghani Othman may be fielded against Mr Lim in Gelang Patah. The BN has not yet named its candidates.

Johor has been named as one of the three PR battleground states, and is home to the Iskandar development region which was set up to take spillover investments from Singapore.

Mr Chua had joined the PKR four years ago, after he quit the Malaysian Chinese Association of the ruling Barisan Nasional. He was formerly a Cabinet Minister in the BN government.

In a separate press conference, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said Mr Chua will be given a seat in Johor. The seat will be sorted out in a meeting on Friday with the DAP.

"We value his services to build up the party in Johor and we have given a few suggestions of seats for him to contest," said the PKR election director.

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