Malaysia

Ku Li says will heed voters’ wishes on candidacy

KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 - Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said today he will let the voters in his Gua Musang constituency decide on whether he should seek re-election in the coming polls.

"It depends on the voters," said Tengku Razaleigh, who is popularly known as Ku Li, at a press conference here.

When asked about reports that some of his constituents in Gua Musang has asked that he not stand for re-election, Ku Li (picture) said that there were "many views" which must respected.

He acknowledged however that the final decision on candidates rested with the party president, Datuk Seri Najib Razak

The Kelantan prince and veteran Umno leader is seen as sidelined within the party and has been an outspoken critic on some government policies.

Ku Li said last year that he agreed to be president of civil society NGO Amanah as he felt that he no longer had a voice in Umno.

Among some of his criticisms were that his home state of Kelantan was not getting its dues in oil royalties and that the Najib administration's reforms were too inconsistent.

 

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