After six terms as MP, Nazri says he won't run in next GE

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After six terms as MP, Nazri says he won't run in next GE
After six terms as MP, Nazri says he won't run in next GE

Former minister Nazri Aziz has no intention of contesting the next general election and will be retiring from politics after having served six full terms since first being elected in 1995.

He told Malaysiakini that with younger leaders such as Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, 61, and Senior Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, 60, at the helm, he felt that he was passing the baton to the next generation.

"I think it's like a signal for people of my generation that it's time for us to go and support new leaders," he said.

He also confirmed that he was not going to defend his post as Umno division chief.

"I've been an MP since 1995 so I think it's time for me to go. This is two and a half generations for my constituents.

"I am already 67, and I want to leave on a high - undefeated."

Nazri formerly served as tourism and culture minister, minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of legal affairs and entrepreneur development minister.

He was first elected as Chenderoh MP in 1995 and retained that seat in the 1999 election, before taking on the new Padang Rengas constituency which he won in four consecutive elections. Prior to that, he was appointed to the Dewan Negara in 1990.

He said there are many budding politicians who are ready to replace him this time around but that he was not going to make any suggestions as to who Umno should nominate to replace him.

"I've never practised factionalism so, whoever in my constituency gets the most support should be the one. It's not for me to decide," he said.

Wants to put in place three key reforms

He added that he would like to push for three important democratic reforms during his remaining time in politics.

"I plan to do three things. One is the anti-hopping law. I would try hard to push for that to be instituted as soon as possible.

"Number two - I also want to ensure the PM has a term limit of two terms.

"Third, I want to ensure that the government allocation to constituencies is given to all MPs regardless of party," said Nazri.

He said newly minted Legal Affairs Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was capable of getting such reforms installed.

Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

"He has the will to do this. I believe he has the determination. I will work with him.

"I think the party-list electoral format is the way to go for anti-hopping.

"That way you don’t need to change the constitution. Just contest on party-list as we do now but just with three names instead of one. If anything happens to number one, number two will replace," he said.

The outspoken Nazri is no stranger to controversy and recently called for Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to resign as party boss.

Prior to the 2018 elections, he belligerently challenged tycoon Robert Kuok to return to Malaysia and contest.

“Don’t be a ‘pondan’ (pansy). Don’t be an ‘ayam betina’ (hen) that hides behind the walls in Hong Kong,” he was quoted as saying.

On another occasion in 2007, he lost his temper in the Dewan Rakyat and repeatedly called DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang "stupid".

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