Shahrizat rules out Bandar Tun Razak

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KUALA LUMPUR — Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Jalil has denied rumours she will contest in Bandar Tun Razak.

The Umno division there was hit by a controversy when its leader, Datuk Rizalman Mokhtar, was arrested last month at an entertainment outlet in the city and initially reported as testing positive for substance abuse.

He was later cleared by a second urine test, but the news is believed to have scuppered his chance of contesting in his home constituency, prompting rumours another Umno or Barisan Nasional candidate will be fielded there.

Shahrizat was among the names touted, but she came out yesterday to emphatically deny this.

“Many have asked if I will accept the offer to contest in the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat,” she wrote on Twitter.

“My answer is NO, even though Bandar Tun Razak is an area that BN can win and defeat PKR.”

The seat was previously held by Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the former Selangor menteri besar who became an independent MP after he was sacked by PKR.

Rizalman’s woes had prompted allies to issue feelers in the seat, with MCA indicating its interest in taking up the spot.

Shahrizat was Lembah Pantai MP until she was defeated in 2008 by PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Nurul Izzah is set to leave Lembah Pantai, but another Umno leader, Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, has staked an early claim on the seat.