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PAS Youth picks Lumut for Anwar

 | March 22, 2013

The movement’s deputy chief in Perak says the “people’s uprising” will benefit from the opposition leader’s campaign in the state.

TAIPING: Perak PAS Youth today welcomed the possibility of Anwar Ibrahim contesting for a parliament seat in the state and suggested that he choose Lumut.

The movement’s deputy chief, Raja Ahmad Iskandar Al-Hiss, said in a media statement that the opposition leader’s entry into the Perak fray would be a boon to what he called “the people’s uprising” against Barisan Nasional, which toppled the Pakatan Rakyat state government in 2009 through the defection of several state assemblymen.

Raja Ahmad was responding to Anwar’s recent statement that he might move from Permatang Pauh to a parliament seat in Perak or Selangor.

The Malay daily Sinar Harian today quoted an unnamed PKR leader as saying that Lumut was among the four constituencies in Perak that Anwar was considering. The other three are Bagan Datuk, Teluk Intan and Tanjung Malim.

The Lumut seat covers the state constituencies of Sitiawan, Pasir Panjang and Pangkor. The state assemblyman for Pangkor is Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir.

Raja Ahmad said he was confident that most of the servicemen at the naval base in Lumut would support Anwar.

PAS Youth would ensure that young voters would cast their ballots for Anwar in Lumut as well as other Pakatan candidates in the state, he added.

Perak PKR chief Muhammad Nur Manuty declined to comment on whether Lumut would be the best seat for Anwar to contest.

“He can stand for any parliament seat that he chooses and we’ll have no objection whatsoever,” he said.

In 2008, Lumut was one of the 10 parliament seats for which PKR contested in Perak, the others being Padang Rengas, Tambun, Tapah, Pasir Salak, Lumut, Bagan Datok, Tanjong Malim, Bagan Serai, Gopeng and Sungai Siput. It won in only the last three constituencies.

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