Penang BN assemblyman Jahara will not contest next GE
BUTTERWORTH, Aug 21 — Teluk Air Tawar state assemblyman Datuk Jahara Hamid confirmed today that she would not contest the next general election, saying she preferred to pave the way for a younger person to take over.
“I am ready to retire and help train several young candidates to succeed me. It is up to the (party) leadership to select my successor.
“We want to have a good team (of Barisan Nasional candidates in Penang), and I am ready to give up (my seat),” the 61-year-old Jahara told reporters at her Aidilfitri open house in Taman Robina, Teluk Air Tawar, here.
The four-term assemblyman said she did not believe in holding on to the post forever.
Jahara, who has two sons and six grandchildren, said she wanted to spend more time with her family and focus on NGO work.
She is the second Penang BN state assemblyman to have volunteered not to defend her seat, emulating the example of state opposition leader Datuk Azhar Ibrahim, who is the state assemblyman for Penaga. — Bernama