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GTA to contest Pagoh among 17 Johor seats


Mukhriz Mahathir said the GTA coalition is serious about fielding candidates. “We are not participating for fun.” (Bernama pic)

BATU PAHAT: Gerakan Tanah Air has identified 17 parliamentary seats in Johor which the coalition hopes to contest at the general election, the Malay rights coalition’s pro-tem deputy chairman Mukhriz Mahathir said.

He said all the 17 seats are Malay-majority seats, including Pagoh, which was held by Perikatan Nasional chairman and former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

There are 26 parliamentary seats in Johor.

Mukhriz said the list of GTA candidates would be finalised tomorrow and announced on Nov 2.

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“Of course, we are serious about offering candidates, we are not participating for fun,” he said. “We are aware that we are in for a tough fight with long-established parties in Johor such as Umno.”

Mukhriz, who is president of Pejuang, was here to launch the Johor GTA’s election machinery today.

GTA is believed to be hoping to contest a total of 120 parliamentary seats. The coalition comprises Pejuang, the national Indian Muslim Alliance Party (Iman), Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) and Parti Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Berjasa).

On several coalitions declining to cooperate with GTA, Mukhriz said this could be because they had already finalised their seat distribution.

“So when we discuss political cooperation, there will certainly be seats they would need to sacrifice for other coalitions, so that could be the reason,” Mukhriz said. - FMT

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