I am not terrified contesting against Dr Mahathir, says BN’s Nawawi


Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Langkawi parliamentary seat Datuk Nawawi Ahmad (centre picture) said he is not afraid despite having to face former prime minister for 22 years, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in the 14th General Election.

The Langkawi Umno division chief said this is because he is confident that the seat has been among the ruling coalition’s strongholds in Kedah, and this was proven via the biggest majority he garnered in the last general election with 11,861 votes.

“We think that the strength of BN in Langkawi is the most powerful (compared to all parliamentary constituencies in the state). Our majority (votes) were over 11,000, whereas other areas only obtained between 2,000 and 3,000.

“This means Langkawi has the strength. However, we will not look down at the opponent because they also have their own (election) machinery,” he told reporters after the announcement ceremony of the Kedah BN candidates at Dewan Seri Mentaloon in Alor Setar yesterday.

At the event, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah announced Nawawi as the candidate for the parliamentary seat, along with Datuk Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid (left) and Nor Saidi Nanyan (right), who would defend their respective state seats, namely Ayer Hangat and Kuah. On April 15, PKR chairman Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced Dr Mahathir as the Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Langkawi parliamentary seat, where the total registered voters stands at 42,697.

Nawawi said he is confident that the people of the island would make a wise choice by choosing a true son of Langkawi who had really been working to solve the problems of the people, and not influenced by nostalgic sentiment alone.

“I respect Dr Mahathir as a father figure who has vast experience. However, in the case of elected representatives, we have to choose someone who can work day and night instead of a person who only comes to contest but later live in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

As such, Nawawi also advised the voters in Langkawi to pick only the candidate who could bring development to both the island and country, in the future.

Asked whether he was worried that the people in Langkawi would be influenced by the controversial issues being brought by Dr Mahathir, Nawawi said most of the issues were so “yesterday”, which had been told repeatedly and would not have any impact on the people. — Bernama