Zuraida: Wrong to say 51 MPs ready to vacate seat for Anwar

PETALING JAYA: Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin today brushed-off a fellow PKR MP’s claim that the party’s 51 elected representatives were prepared to give up their seat for Anwar Ibrahim.

“51 MPs prepared to make way? Permatang Pauh and Pandan already said no. So it’s wrong,” the outgoing PKR Wanita Chief told reporters after an event here, alluding to Nurul Izzah Anwar and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Zuraida was asked to respond to William Leong’s statement that 51 PKR MPs, including himself, would be willing to give up their seats for Anwar, who recently won the party presidency unopposed.

The three-term Selayang MP had also said a couple of days ago there would be no issue as Anwar would contest under the same flag.

But Zuraida, who is vying for a vice-president’s post in the coming party polls, said a collective decision must be made on which MP should give up the seat after assessing the risk and who would be given the “privilege to perform a national service”.

“We have a system, we can’t just say something like that.”

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.

Selayang MP prepared to make way for Anwar Ibrahim