Selayang MP prepared to make way for Anwar Ibrahim

Selayang MP William Leong denies suggestions that he will be the sacrificial lamb in Anwar Ibrahim’s bid to return to Parliament. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Selayang MP William Leong says he is willing to give up his seat to pave the way for Anwar Ibrahim’s return to Parliament.

This followed reports that Anwar’s wife and daughter were refusing to give up their seats and make way for him.

Speaking to reporters, the three-term parliamentarian said he was sure that the other 51 PKR MPs would be willing to give up their seats for Anwar, who had last night won the party presidency unopposed.

Leong also brushed off the suggestion that he was prepared to be the sacrificial lamb, pointing out that Anwar was a political victim.

Anwar had in the past claimed that he had been politically persecuted.

“Even if he were to contest, it would be under the same flag. There is no issue of the ‘rakyat’ being victimised, or who is the sacrificial lamb,” he said at the Parliament lobby.

Earlier today, Anwar’s daughter, Nurul Izzah, hinted that she would not give up her Permatang Pauh seat for her father, hours after Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also said she won’t relinquish her position as Pandan MP to make way for her husband.

Anwar had previously hinted he would run for a parliamentary seat.

The former Permatang Pauh MP was released from prison in May and received a royal pardon, allowing him to become active in politics.