Johari willing to give up Sungai Petani seat for Anwar

Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul says his constituents should be happy if Anwar Ibrahim decides to be their elected representative.

KUALA LUMPUR: Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul has confirmed rumours that he is willing to give up his seat to pave the way for PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s return to Parliament.

Johari said Anwar is like a brother to him and he had no qualms in offering him the Sungai Petani seat.

“I love him so much. But he (Anwar) has not contacted me or said anything to me. We have not talked about it,” said Johari in the Parliament lobby.

He was referring to a message circulating on WhatsApp which said Anwar was keen on standing in Sungai Petani.

The message also stated that this was because Johari was holding two seats – the Gurun state seat and the Sungai Petani parliamentary seat.

Johari said he was not sure if the message was real and he would have speak to Anwar personally.

“If he says ‘Jo, I want that seat’, I’m willing to give it to him.

“He has not called me or sent me any messages,” he said.

Asked if by making way for Anwar, he would be seen as “betraying” his constituents, Johari said they should be happy to have a person who was more superior as their MP.

“They should be happy because they are getting a supremo.

“He is my supremo, if he needs my seat, by all means (take the seat),” he said.

Johari, who is PKR’s parliamentary whip, had previously denied that his party was in a “crisis” ahead of its leadership elections.

He is also aligned to Rafizi Ramli, who is contesting the deputy president’s post.

Meanwhile, when asked if action would be taken against Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin for using the F-word in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, Johari said he was under intense pressure to take action.

“It could be a suspension or disciplinary action,” he said.

Johari said he regretted the incident which occurred when there were school children below 17 in the public gallery.