PAS ready to face Anwar in PD if Umno withdraws

KUALA TERENGGANU: PAS will not give incoming PKR president Anwar Ibrahim a free pass in the Port Dickson by-election.

Its president, Abdul Hadi Awang, said the Islamist party is ready to field its candidate in the by-election if Umno chooses not to do so.

“We will not let him win just like that. If no one contests there, then PAS can do it.

“At the very least, we can work at things together for the by-election. Whether we win or lose is another story.

“In the name of democracy, we are willing to face differing views,” he said when asked to comment on rumours that Umno may not place a candidate to face off against Pakatan Harapan (PH), which will be fielding Anwar.

Hadi said this at a press conference after the opening of the 64th PAS muktamar at the Gong Badak indoor stadium here today.

Also present were PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan and PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin.

Previously, PAS had decided not to field candidates in the Port Dickson by-election, and give way to Umno to contest against PH in a straight fight.

Port Dickson MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah had recently announced he was vacating his seat for Anwar to facilitate his comeback to Parliament.

PH has an understanding whereby Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will hand over powers to his successor, Anwar, after a certain period of time.

Anwar is the first choice of the coalition to be the next prime minister.