Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s hints on the possibility of fielding his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir in Selangor reveals a plot to usher in the latter as the state menteri besar-designate.

Selangor Umno information exco Norman Toha also claimed that Dr Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman, was using the ongoing row between PKR and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN), to slide in Mukhriz as a viable candidate.

PKR and PAN are currently at each other’s throat over seat allocation issues in the state.

Norman said Dr Mahathir’s ploy could also be a strategy to reject other menteri besar candidates from DAP, should the opposition continue to rule Selangor.

“If the approach was implemented due to his unpopularity in Kedah, Mukhriz should also remember that the situation here is the same with the people of Selangor.

“In any constituency, the people will not accept representatives who neither go to the ground, meet the people nor solve their problems,” Norman said today.

Norman was commenting on a speculation that Mukhriz would be contesting in Selangor, which came on the heels of a recent suggestion by Dr Mahathir who when recently met by reporters, did not rule out such a possibility.

Norman who was also former Selangor Pas secretary said he had been made to understand that the people in Mukhriz’s state constituency of Air Hitam, Kedah, had rejected the PPBM deputy president after he had “neglected” the locals there.-NST

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