KOTA KINABALU: PKR deputy president Azmin Ali today distanced himself from accusations of nepotism against Anwar Ibrahim, ahead of the Port Dickson by-election which could see the PKR president-elect return to Parliament.
Azmin refused to comment on remarks by former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan, who questioned why Port Dickson incumbent Danyal Balagopal Abdullah had to vacate his seat for Anwar when he should have contested in either Pandan or Permatang Pauh, where his wife and daughter are the MPs.
Instead, Azmin said it was no longer an issue now that Danyal had already resigned.
“That is certainly the view of Datuk Ambiga and also the civil societies,” he said.
“Now it has become academic (as the) decision has been made, so let’s focus on our machinery to ensure that we retain the seat,” he told reporters here today.
He said winning the Port Dickson seat with a bigger majority was important for the present government.
“My focus together with my colleagues in the party and also Pakatan Harapan (is) to ensure PH will continue to retain the parliamentary seat of Port Dickson,” the economic affairs minister said.
At a forum today, Ambiga said either Anwar’s wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail or his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar should have vacated their seats for Anwar.
Ambiga said it was not a problem if all three family members were MPs.
The problem, she said, was if they have government posts.