Anwar not standing in Pandan, says Saifuddin

The question of where PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim will contest will be answered tomorrow.

KULIM: PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said he would be announcing tomorrow which parliamentary seat PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim would be contesting.

He said Anwar would also be present at the press conference to be held at PKR’s headquarters.

“At 11am tomorrow I will be issuing a press alert on the announcement,” he said after visiting the families of victims of the bridge collapse incident in Taman Serdang, Bandar Baharu, near here.

However, Saifuddin said the seat was not Pandan which is held by Anwar’s wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also deputy prime minister.

In Seremban, Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar and state PKR chief Aminuddin Harun said he had no information on rumours that Anwar would be contesting the Port Dickson seat.

“I did not receive any information, so how did you media get the information?” he said when contacted.

An English daily today had speculated that Anwar would be contesting the seat currently held by Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, who is PKR’s sole MP in Negeri Sembilan.

In Kuantan, PKR vice-president Fuziah Salleh, who is also deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Kuantan MP, said she was willing to give up her seat for Anwar.

She said this when met by reporters at the Pahang-level Maal Hijrah celebration.

The issue of which seat Anwar will be contesting has been hogging the headlines the past few days. The prime minister-in-waiting has to win a by-election in order to take over the prime minister’s post from Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

It is understood that before the 14th general election (GE14) on May 9, Pakatan Harapan agreed that Mahathir would be at the helm for about two years before handing over the reins to Anwar.