1MDB DEBATE ALSO CANNOT CARRY OUT, YET BIG-MOUTH NAZRI WANTS MAHATHIR TO ‘FIGHT ME IN PADANG RENGAS’ IN GE14

Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz has reiterated his challenge to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad to lock horns with him in the next general election.

The Umno supreme council member dared Mahathir to contest in his Padang Rengas parliamentary constituency in Perak.

“(Ask Mahathir to contest in) Padang Rengas lah,” he said when met in Kuala Lumpur today.

“(Mahathir has) no chance in Padang Rengas? Then it is good news for me,” he added.

In March, Nazri issued a similar challenge after learning that the Mahathir would be touring Padang Rengas for political events.

In an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini, Mahathir said he would either stand in Langkawi or Putrajaya if forced to contest in the general election.

Despite Mahathir repeatedly expressing reluctance to contest in the 14th General Election, Bersatu insiders told Malaysiakini that they had been lobbying the former prime minister to lend his heavyweight status to the opposition.

BN won the Langkawi seat by an 11,862-vote majority, more than two times larger than the majority in Putrajaya.

Amanah vice-president Husam Musa, who contested in Putrajaya in 2013 under a PAS ticket, said he was confident Mahathir could capture the seat.

– M’kini

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