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Anwar Ibrahim considering whether to defend Port Dickson seat in upcoming general election

Anwar Ibrahim considering whether to defend Port Dickson seat in upcoming general election

PKR's Anwar Ibrahim said that the opposition PH coalition will be prepared for the General Election by October. (Photo: Facebook/Anwar Ibrahim)

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Monday (Sep 5) that he is still mulling over whether to defend his Port Dickson seat in the upcoming general election.

According to a report by Malay Mail, he said that his supporters in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan would like him to continue serving there but there are also others in Tambun, Perak who have asked him to represent them.

“I'm considering. Friends in Port Dickson have asked me to continue. (Those in) Tambun said they are getting ready. And some other areas.

“Once I have decided, I will announce. It depends on when the GE15 is going to be held,” he was quoted as saying by Malay Mail.

Mr Anwar was elected Port Dickson Member of Parliament (MP) in an October 2018 by-election after he received a royal pardon and was released from prison over a sodomy charge. Before that, he had been Permatang Pauh MP.

There are signs that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob might call for snap polls soon, and some politicians have been deliberating where they might be fielded next. 

On Aug 26, the government said that it will bring forward the tabling of the 2023 budget to Oct 7, fuelling talk that parliament will be dissolved soon. 

Mr Anwar said at Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) election convention on Aug 27: “We will be fully ready by October (to face GE15) because Budget 2023 will be tabled in October. As we know, that means elections will be called soon.”

Analysts interviewed by CNA last week said that the polls are likely to be held later this year.

HEALTH MINISTER KHAIRY PREPARED TO GIVE WAY IN REMBAU

Over the weekend, Malaysian media reported that Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin might not be contesting in the next general election.

"The worst-case scenario is that I don't contest, it's fine. It's okay, I'm alright," the Rembau MP was quoted as saying by the Star on Sunday.

This came after Barisan Nasional’s deputy chairman Mohamad Hasan was believed to have hinted that he might be contesting in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan. Mr Mohamad is currently not a federal level lawmaker. 

According to the Star’s report, Mr Khairy said: “He (Mr Mohamad) passed the message to me that I must get out of the way … Anyway, you know, what can I do? He's the boss … If he wants to contest the parliament seat, I will give way." 

Following Mr Khairy’s remarks, the United Malays National Organisation’s youth chapter in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, reportedly asked Mr Khairy to contest there instead.

On Monday, Seremban MP Anthony Loke wrote in a Facebook post that he regards Mr Khairy as a strong opponent.  

“Khairy Jamaluddin is a political figure of great caliber and certainly a strong opponent wherever he contests. If it is true that he is contesting in Seremban, then this competition is very fierce and will be among the ‘hottest’ seats in GE 15,” said the secretary-general of the Democratic Action Party (DAP). 

Mr Loke added: “As a DAP leader, I am not afraid to face any odds and challenges in the political struggle. I remain ready to defend the Seremban parliamentary seat in GE15 despite facing Khairy Jamaluddin or anyone nominated by the opposition.”

Source: Agencies/aw

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