IPOH, April 8 — DAP’s Abdul Aziz Bari brushed away today rumours that he was Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) mentri besar candidate for Perak.
Abdul Aziz, who is also a constitutional law expert, said the rumours were something he has been putting up with since joining DAP.
“So every time I make a move, something similar will come out,” he told reporters after giving his first coffee shop ceramah here.
Speculated to contest in the state seat of Tebing Tinggi, currently held by Ong Boon Piow of DAP, Abd Aziz said when he first joined the party in 2015, the media had speculated he would be the Selangor mentri besar to unseat the incumbent, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Abdul Aziz said there was nothing much to worry about the speculation.
“In politics, the most important thing is one wins enough seats and if you get the numbers, you are in. Otherwise, no point talking,” he said.
Abdul Aziz added politics was about prediction.
“We cannot stop people from talking about what is going to happen,” he said.
“Anyhow, there has been talk of MB designate for Johor, Melaka and Negri Sembilan too. So what is the problem?” he asked.
“Everything will depend on who gets the majority.”
On his chances in Tebing Tinggi, Abdul Aziz said the people were receptive towards him.
“Although we do not know their political inclination, we received warm reception from the people,” he added.
Malay Mail had yesterday reported that Abdul Aziz may be fielded in Perak in preparation to make him the mentri besar in the event PH takes the state in the general election.
Quoting a source, Abdul Aziz was speculated to stand in the Tebing Tinggi state seat.
Earlier, Abdul Aziz was introduced to the crowd by Perak DAP secretary Wong Kah Woh as the latter’s former lecturer in Universiti Islam Antarabangsa.
“He taught me when I was a law undergraduate,” Wong said, before proceeding to introduce other young leaders of the party expected to be named as candidates in the coming election.
In his ceramah, Abdul Aziz said PH would resume local government elections if it won Putrajaya. PH’s manifesto, however, does not mention restoring the third vote.
“We can take Putrajaya if there is a 10 per cent swing by Malay voters,” he said.
He also said Barisan Nasional (BN) was put on defensive mode now due to constant attacks by Opposition.