An UMNO source told Berita Harian that the Tampin electorate is familiar with KJ and some of them are related to the health minister.
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Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar might be offered the Tampin parliamentary seat to contest in the next general election, reported Berita Harian.
Quoting a source from the Rembau UMNO division, the Malay daily’s portal reported that Tampin perhaps is the best destination for Khairy, popularly known as KJ, as it is situated close to the Rembau constituency.
The source said that Khairy was well-known to the electorate of Tampin, adding that some of the voters there too are related to the health minister.
“This has been discussed informally among some UMNO Rembau committee members in several previous meetings, moreover after Tok Mat (Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan) announced that he was going to run for a parliamentary seat.
“I expect there is a high possibility that Khairy will be put to contest in the Tampin parliamentary seat in the next election,” the source was quoted as saying.
The source however added that the matter has yet to be finalised and the final decision will be decided by the party’s leadership.
On Monday, Khairy told reporters that he may have to sit out the 15th General Election altogether as he might not have a seat to contest in the upcoming election.
Khairy said that Mohamad, who is also the Rembau UMNO division chief, had sent a message to him “to get out of the way” as he intends to contest the parliamentary seat in the next general election in order for him to play a role at the federal level.
“The worst-case scenario is that I don’t contest, it’s fine. It’s okay, I’m alright,” Khairy was quoted as saying by The Star.
Khairy, who is also the Rembau UMNO deputy chief, has been the Rembau MP since 2008.
Several seats had been linked to Khairy should UMNO decide to shift him from the Rembau parliamentary constituency, including Tampin, Seremban, Port Dickson and Putrajaya.
Mohamad, who is also UMNO deputy president and party’s election director, was a three-term Negeri Sembilan menteri besar and has been the Rantau assemblyman since 2004.
Rantau is one of the four state seats inside the Rembau parliamentary constituency.
Last Saturday, Mohamad told reporters during an event at Rembau that he is planning to contest in a parliamentary constituency in the next general. He however stops short of naming the parliament seats that he is looking to contest in GE15.
Tampin, a traditional UMNO seat, is currently being held by Amanah’s Datuk Dr Hasan Bahrom who defeated Barisan Nasional’s candidate from UMNO Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor with a majority of 1002 votes in the last general-election.