Anwar, Saiful perform Friday prayers at same mosque

Anwar Ibrahim. (Bernama pic)

PORT DICKSON: PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim and independent candidate Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan today ran into each other when they both performed the Friday prayers at the same mosque.

Saiful and Anwar arrived at the Royal Malay Regiment (RAMD) Depot Mosque, Army Basic Training Centre (Pusasda) here, at 12.50pm and 1.05pm respectively.

The two candidates were seen talking to members of the congregation at the mosque whose majority were military personnel before they took seats in different parts of the hall to listen to the Friday sermon delivered by khatib Major Anuar Mohd Ehwal.

Present were Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun, who is also state PKR chairman and Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) president Ibrahim Ali, who joined a congregation of about 800 people to perform the prayers.

Saiful, who is also a former personal assistant of Anwar, is among the seven candidates contesting in the Port Dickson by-election.

Apart from Anwar and Saiful, the Port Dickson by-election will also see other candidates, namely, Lt Col (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar, from PAS, and four other independent candidates, including former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohd Isa Abdul Samad.

Ibrahim, when met by reporters after the prayers, said his presence in Port Dickson was only as an observer and denied going to campaign for Anwar.

“As an experienced political observer, I think Anwar will win easily. The Port Dickson people know Anwar will be the eighth prime minister. Rejecting Anwar is akin to rejecting ‘rezeki’ (gift).”

However, the presence of the former Pasir Mas MP still apparently surprised Anwar when he was walking out of the prayer hall.

The Port Dickson parliamentary seat was vacated by incumbent Danyal Balagopal Abdullah on Sept 12 to enable Anwar, who recently won the post of PKR president uncontested, to stand for election and return to the Dewan Rakyat.