Kayveas says not contesting Taiping seat
SHAH ALAM, June 16 — PPP president Datuk Seri M. Kayveas has brushed aside talk that he will contest the Taiping parliamentary seat in the coming general election as the party has surrendered back the seat to Gerakan.
He said the PPP had not regarded the Taiping seat as a good seat as it was not given on good terms by Gerakan.
“I am not aiming for any seat at the moment and will leave it to the discretion of Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak to decide on the seat which I should contest in the upcoming elections.
“But I have decided not to contest in Taiping anymore,” he told Bernama after attending the PPP Youth Convention which was opened by Barisan Nasional Youth chairman Khairy Jamaluddin here today.
Gerakan gave up the Taiping seat, a seat it has held since 1969, to the PPP in the 2004 general election. Kayveas contested and won the seat in 2004 but lost the same seat in the 2008 general election.
The Taiping seat was one of two (the other being the Pasir Berdamar state seat in Perak) which PPP lost to DAP candidates in 2008.
Kayveas, a former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said he was expecting a good parliamentary seat for his party in return of the Taiping seat.
“The party is also asking Gerakan to give back its Kota Alam Shah state seat in Selangor to PPP,” he said, adding that the PPP was seeking to make a strong comeback in the 13th general election. — Bernama