KUALA LUMPUR: Admitting that it is difficult for Barisan Nasional (BN) to win the Port Dickson parliamentary seat, former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said it is still best for the party to field a local candidate.
Joking that he has 'some political experience' in 'Nismilan' (Negri Sembilan), Khairy who is Rembau's three-term MP said Port Dickson should be represented by a local.
"It has been confirmed that 'PM-in-waiting' will contest in Port Dickson," Khairy said, referring to the announcement today that the seat's incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah has tendered his resignation in order to pave way for a by-election for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest in.
Khairy remarked that while many suggested for BN to field its Negri Sembilan BN chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan as a candidate to take on Anwar, he was of the opinion that a local to the constituency would be better.
"If it's a local candidate, the most suitable person is Linggi assemblyman Rahman Redza. He is still in his 40s. A lawyer who graduated from the London School of Economics. A two-term assemblyman with a good record," he said on Twitter.
Kota Anggerik assemblyman Najwan Halimi replied to Khairy, saying, "Lucky Rembau will get to be neighbours with our future Prime Minister."
This was in reference to the move to make Anwar as the country's next prime minister.
In a sarcastic reply written in the Negri Sembilan dialect, Khairy replied, "Den banggo waghih kito jadi Podano Montoghi nanti." (I am proud that our 'waris' will become a prime minister).
'Waghih' or 'waris' is a word widely used in Negri Sembilan to refer to someone who is related or hails from the same state.
Born in Bukit Mertajam, Anwar has only contested in Permatang Pauh, under Umno and later on PKR, and has never stood for election in any other constituency throughout his political career. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd