KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will contest Langkawi in the election, a rural backwater that he transformed into an island paradise during his tenure as prime minister.
News portal Malaysiakini reported that other parliament seats had been considered for the Kedah-born Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman in the 14th general election, including his former Kubang Pasu seat and Putrajaya.
Dr Mahathir is set to speak at a rally this Friday in Kubang Pasu, Kedah, and will go to Langkawi this weekend for another event, Malaysiakini reported.
One of the first things Dr Mahathir did for Langkawi when he was appointed prime minister was to make it a duty-free zone in 1987.
Just a year later, Dr Mahathir built the Langkawi International Airport and the Kuah jetty, easing daily travel for many residents in Langkawi.