Mukhriz will be a boon for Langkawi

UMNO Youth Exco Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir has been tipped to be the next BN candidate for Langkawi. This came after the incumbent, former Agriculture Parliamentary Secretary Dato’ Abu Bakar Taib is said to be stepping down, after serving four terms representing Langkawi.

Utusan has the story on this much talked about rumour:

18/02/2008

Mukhriz sedia jadi calon Parlimen Langkawi

JEMPOL 17 Feb. – Exco Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir sedia menjadi calon di kerusi Parlimen Langkawi jika diberi peluang bertanding pada pilihan raya umum 8 Mac ini.

Mukhriz berkata, terpulang kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan timbalannya, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak untuk membuat keputusan mengenai calon yang akan bertanding di kawasan itu.

Sambil menyatakan bahawa soal siapa calon adalah tidak penting sebaliknya komitmen bekerja untuk rakyat adalah lebih mustahak tanpa mengira apa juga jawatan, beliau berserah kepada takdir.

‘‘Saya bersedia menjadi calon bagi Parlimen Langkawi sekiranya dicalonkan tetapi saya menyerahkan segala keputusan tersebut kepada Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO untuk menentukannya.

‘‘Apa yang lebih penting sekarang adalah peluang bekerja untuk rakyat dalam apa juga jawatan,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia selepas majlis penutupan Seminar Kenegaraan Sempena Pilihan Raya di Kompleks Belia dan Sukan di sini hari ini.

Mukhriz menambah, beliau tidak akan kecewa jika tidak dicalonkan sebaliknya akan bekerja kuat memastikan semua calon Barisan Nasional (BN) memenangi kerusi masing-masing pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Beliau juga menasihatkan semua ahli parti agar terus bekerja keras manakala calon yang tidak terpilih perlu membantu jentera parti memastikan kemenangan BN.

Pada pilihan raya umum 2004, kerusi Parlimen Langkawi disandang oleh Datuk Abu Bakar Taib.

Sementara itu, Mukhriz melihat peluang pembangkang memenangi pilihan raya umum 8 Mac ini adalah mustahil memandangkan pakatan pembangkang tidak mempunyai asas dan matlamat yang jelas untuk membawa pembaharuan kepada rakyat.

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This is The Star’s report on the same topic:

Mukhriz tipped for Langkawi

ALOR STAR: Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir is tipped to contest in the Langkawi parliamentary seat in the general election.

He is among the new faces to contest seats in Kedah.

Mukhriz is a familiar face in Langkawi as his father, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was instrumental in transforming the virtually-unknown archipelago into a world-renowned tourist destination.

Mukhriz, who has been directly involved in the tourism industry for 18 years, is seen as the right person to take the island to greater heights

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Some quarters within Langkawi UMNO lauded the idea of Mukhriz be the BN candidate for the island which mainstay economy is built around tourism industry. His father, former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad did a lot to develop Langkawi and exploited its most valuable asset, tourism, since the Government made the island the ‘retreat’ for the 1989 Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting.

Then in 1991, the bi-annually Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition was launched and within a few years, it became an important agenda within the civil and defense aerospace and maritime industry in the region. In 1996, the premier bicycle race in Asia, Le Tour De Langkawi was started and eventually drew a lot of attention, especially from European viewers. Then the Langkawi International Regatta. Now, Langkawi is a major yachting marina in this region.

Several five-star international hotel group is now operating in the beautiful island, which include Sheraton, Five Seasons, Mutiara, Berjaya and the elusive but highly exclusive, The Datai. So many local entrepreneurs have benefited from this explosive growth, which also saw Langkawi received a duty free haven status. The retail industry boomed then onwards.

Langkawi which was one time an agriculture based economy, especially fishery and small scale farming, was completely transformed and elevated.

Mukhriz has been hands-on in the tourism industry since 1990, when he started a sport diving tourism company. Later, he joined Reliance Pacific Bhd., the only listed travel agency in Bursa Malaysia. He is also involved in world class resorts such as Tanjong Jara, near Dungun, Terengganu and the Avillion resorts.

Mukhriz’s single largest contribution for the tourism industry of Malaysia is when he was given the task to promote Malaysia at a global level and came up with the Malaysia, truly Asia campaign for Tourism Malaysia. It has won several awards since and is the premier tourism campaign for the country, despite after seven years.

Mukhriz is amongst the few UMNO Youth Excos to be tipped seats within Kedah in the XII General Elections. Others include Dato’ Azimi Daim, Kulim and Putera UMNO Head Dato’ Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, Baling. Another UMNI Youth Exco, Ahmad Ikmal Ismail has also been said to be pitted in Kuala Kedah. Kedah Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Mahadzir Khalid, who is also the State BN Liaison Chairman would announce the list of candidates on Thursday, 21 February 2008.

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  1. Mukhriz sering kali memperlihatkan kematangannya samada dalam pandangan dan pendirian politik serta perilakunya. Tidak kelihatan bongkak atau sombong dan jelas dapat menyesuakan diri dengan golongan marhaen. Elok sangat jika dia diberi peluang bertanding di Langkawi dan Pak Lah akan membuktikan yang dia adalah orang yang adil, saksama dan tidak mengikut telunjuk sesiapa.

    Dirasai BN akan tetap menang di Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) ini dan jumlah kerusi atau peratusnya yang akan diperolehi akan ditentukan atau dipengarohi oleh mereka yang rapat dengan Pak Lah. Pengundi akan mengambil kira samada terdapat pilih kasih atau satu rancangan mengambil alih kuasa secara tidak langsung oleh mereka yang masih mentah. Siapa muka muka baru dan mengapa yang lama digugurkan dan adakah mereka ini tidak berprestasi atau semata mata tidak serasi dengan generasi terkini.

    Jika BN yakni UMNO hendak menang besar, jagalah orang dalam kerana orang Melayu lama tidak marah secara melalak tetapi memendam secara amat dalam. Lagi pula jika UMNO hendak menang dan disanjung diharap sangat jangan guna Mat Rempit atau kaki samseng. Bahaya akibatnya!

  2. well, UMNO Langkawi had made a statement rejecting Mukhriz to be fielded as MP there…

    whose hands that led to such statement?

    Langkawi UMNO Secretary Saiful Mustaffa made a unilateral statement, that 85 out of 91 branch don’t want him there. It is not true!

  3. […] the once agriculture base back-water boondocks into a globally known tourist destination and now they want Mukhriz continue what his father started and represent them, at national and international […]


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