Wan Azizah will not relinquish Cabinet, MP posts

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she will not relinquish her position in the Cabinet or as MP for Pandan to make way for her husband Anwar Ibrahim.

She said she would retain all her current positions although Anwar has been elected president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) unchallenged.

“Certainly not (relinquish position), InsyaAllah,” she said when asked by reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

Anwar took over the president’s position from his wife, who did not seek re-election.

However, Wan Azizah said that whether Anwar would contest for a parliamentary seat would be decided later.

Yesterday, Anwar unofficially became PKR president after no nomination form was received from any other individual to challenge him at the 2018 PKR election.

Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah also said she would continue to serve as the MP for Permatang Pauh until the end of the current term.

“Permatang Pauh is my true love, so I am pretty much committed. I have projects lined up,” she said.

Meanwhile, PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali said Anwar’s election showed that he had undivided support from party members who wanted him to lead PKR.

“This proves that party members want to see Datuk Seri Anwar given an important role in leading the party as it is a major bloc in Pakatan Harapan. Certainly, his leadership is most important for the benefit of component parties in PH,” he said.

Asked whether he was optimistic of retaining his position as number two in the election, Azmin said it was up to the party members.

Azmin is being challenged by PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli.