Anwar to be sworn in as MP on Monday

PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim says he did not expect to win by such a big majority. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim will be sworn in as an MP on Monday after winning the Port Dickson by-election yesterday.

Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff confirmed this to Bernama.

“Yes, it has been included in the Dewan Rakyat order paper for Monday morning. It can be checked through the Parliament Portal,” he said in a WhatsApp message.

According to the Dewan Rakyat order paper, the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament sitting will start on Monday.

In the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election, Anwar, 71, garnered 31,016 votes, defeating PAS candidate Lt Col (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar (7,456 votes) and five independent candidates; namely, Anwar’s former personal aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan (82 votes), former menteri besar of Negeri Sembilan Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (4,230 votes), Lau Seck Yan (214 votes), social media personality Stevie Chan (337 votes) and Kan Chee Yuen (154 votes).

Anwar described the comfortable majority he obtained as beyond his expectations.

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition gained 70% of the popular vote, surpassing the 48% garnered in the 14th general election (GE14) for the Port Dickson seat, he said.

“I will continue to serve as a member of Parliament and assist other friends especially senior members of Parliament such as Lim Kit Siang to formulate reforms and hold forums as well as discussions with ministers from time to time,” he said.

Anwar believed the spirit of consensus as displayed by PH has brought about a strong mandate for him in the by-election.

He was also thankful that the by-election process proceeded smoothly and he expressed his appreciation to the entire PH machinery in assisting to secure his victory.

“Of course, I would like to return my appreciation to Port Dickson, a new Parliamentary constituency for me, and I am very impressed by this support. I can only promise that we will do our best for Port Dickson,” he said.

“I would also like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Bersatu, Amanah and DAP as well as (Bersatu president) Muhyiddin Yassin, who had also come down to help with the campaign despite his health conditions,” Anwar said.