Pakatan bigwigs to contest in Johor? You are all welcome...
The speculation that many Pakatan Rakyat top leaders from Johor will be returning to their home state to contest in the coming polls has been welcomed by Johor PAS.
State PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat expressed confidence that their presence would increase the chances to wrest the southern state, long considered a stronghold of UMNO.
Earlier, PAS vice president and Kubang Kerian member of parliament Salahuddin Ayub declared his readiness to contest in Johor despite the uncertainty of a victory.
“There are many more senior leaders of PR from Johor. Due to work commitment, they are currently based outside the state. We welcome their return,” said Suhaizan.
Several media reported this week that DAP top guns might also return to Johor as part of a strategy to penetrate BN’s bastion. They include veteran leader Lim Kit Siang, Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan and Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching.
Suhaizan said it was not impossible for Johor to fall under PR control, provided constantly engagement with people was maintained.
A source close to UMNO meanwhile told Harakahdaily that the prospect of a BN defeat in Johor has worried UMNO leaders.
“Should they fail to retain Johor, they will lose Putrajaya, or retain Putrajaya with Pahang, Melaka, Sabah and Sarawak under its arms. Both prospects are nightmarish to them because we will see the more economically advanced states coming under PR’s control,” said a source.