Anwar sworn in as MP at Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as an MP today after his victory in the Port Dickson by-election on Saturday.

He was sworn in before Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

Anwar’s swearing-in was the first order of the day when the Dewan Rakyat convened for its second sitting after Pakatan Harapan won the May 9 polls.

Anwar last participated in a parliamentary debate in October 2014, during a discussion on the 2015 budget.

He was imprisoned at the Sungai Buloh jail in February 2015 after failing in his appeal against a sodomy conviction.

However, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V granted him a royal pardon on May 16, paving the way for his return to mainstream politics.

In the Port Dickson by-election on Saturday, Anwar garnered 31,016 votes, defeating PAS candidate Mohd Nazari Mokhtar (7,456 votes) and five independent candidates: Anwar’s former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan (82 votes), former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar 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).