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Malaysia GE13: Fariz Musa confident of giving 'tough fight' to Najib in Pekan

Published on Apr 20, 2013 4:53 PM
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) and his opponent Fariz Musa of PKR share a moment as they have light meal after submitting their nomination papers to contest in Pekan constituency for the upcoming general elections. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

PEKAN: The man who is up against Prime Minister Najib Razak in the latter's Pekan constituency is confident of being able to give "a tough fight" to Mr Najib.

"I may not be from Pekan but my wife is and my children go to school here. I know Pekan and its people very well," the New Straits Times quoted Mr Fariz Musa as saying.

The 43-year-old supreme council member from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is a former teacher from Marang, according to the newspaper.

He will no doubt face a tough time winning the seat which has been the premier's electoral constituency since 1976.

Mr Najib has expressed his confidence of retaining the seat based on his track record and the residents' familiarity of him, said the newspaper.

"I have a track record here and the locals are comfortable with me. I am confident of winning," he said, adding that his political life started and will end in Pekan.

The 13th general election will be Mr Najib's ninth as a candidate in Pekan.

He won uncontested in a by-election in 1976, following the death of his father, second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein, member of parliament for Pekan.

Mr Najib defended the seat in 2008 by beating PKR's Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainudin by a majority of 26,464 votes.

The seat was initially thought to be a three-cornered fight but on Friday, Universiti Malaya student Mohamed Bukhairy Sofian, who had as early as last year expressed his plan to contest, withdrew his decision and chose to support PKR instead.