Come, contest in Nibong Tebal, DAP man urges Anwar

(from left) Teoh Seang Hooi, Penang CM Chow Kon Yeow and Penang PKR chief Mansor Othman on the campaign trail in 2013.

GEORGE TOWN: A DAP member wants PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim to contest in the Nibong Tebal parliamentary constituency on mainland Penang to pave his way to become prime minister.

Former Nibong Tebal DAP division chairman Teoh Seang Hooi said a survey conducted by his team in the constituency revealed that they are open and excited to have Anwar contest there.

He said the sheer prospect of a prime minister candidate has pumped up spirits as it would bring progress to Nibong Tebal and Seberang Perai, which have been lagging in terms of development and economy compared with the island.

“Being an anak watan (native) of Seberang Perai, Anwar would be the best person to understand its people and develop Nibong Tebal.

“And what a better place to start again, with Nibong Tebal having a good demography of all races.

“After all, DAP helped former PKR member Tan Tee Beng win the seat from Umno in the 2008 general election,” said Teoh, who was Seberang Perai Municipal Council councillor from 2008 to 2013.

When asked about incumbent Nibong Tebal MP Mansor Othman, Teoh said the PKR’s central leadership would have “the wisdom to tackle the matter”. Mansor is currently Penang PKR chief.

Anwar, who hails from Bukit Mertajam, has remained coy about where he intends to contest in his return to Parliament, but has joked that it would be somewhere “in the north or even Pekan, if it was vacant”.

He had also narrowed down the possible parliamentary seats to “two or three”, hinting that he could be back in action as soon as October. They are currently 51 PKR MPs in the Dewan Rakyat.

Anwar won the race for PKR presidency uncontested, in the run-up to the hotly-contested positions in the central leadership.

He has struck out the possibility of contesting the Pandan parliamentary seat held by his wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, saying it would require her to resign as deputy prime minister.

Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah is MP for Permatang Pauh, which is next to the Nibong Tebal constituency.

Anwar, 71, is now free to contest in any polls as he has received a royal pardon for his sodomy conviction. He served as deputy PM from 1993 to 1998.