JOHOR BARU: Newly-formed Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) plans to contest up to five seats in its electoral debut in the coming Johor state election.

The party’s Johor chief Steven Choong said it was eyeing seats in the north, central and southern zones of the state.

He said PBM, as a multiracial party, was offering itself as an alternative in the political landscape.

“We are focused on resetting the country,” the Tebrau MP said.

Choong, who won the Tebrau seat as a PKR candidate, said PBM candidates would not be “parachuted” in.

“We (will) find Johoreans who live within an hour from where they are contesting. I believe that people will vote for candidates who are hardworking,” he said, adding that candidates had been proposed to the party’s leaders.

Asked if he was among those shortlisted to contest, Choong, who is PBM senior vice-president 1, said he would leave it to the party to decide.

“It is going to be a crowded election this time and I foresee multi-cornered fights.

“In GE14, Puteri Wangsa was the seat with the most number of candidates at five.

“This time, I am sure we may even surpass that number with so many political parties in the mix,” he added.

Asked about postal voters, especially those in Singapore, he said the Election Commission should allow for a campaign period of more than two weeks so that ballots could reach voters there and be back in time for polling day.

Besides PBM, other parties poised to make their election debut in Johor include Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), Parti Pejuang Tanah Air and Johor Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra).