GEORGE TOWN: PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar says she will leave it to her party to decide whether she should contest a seat in the upcoming Penang state election.
Earlier today, FMT reported a source as saying that Nurul Izzah, the eldest daughter of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, is slated to contest a state seat.
The source, a Pakatan Harapan leader, also said she is expected to be entrusted with a key position in the state government if she wins.
Asked to comment on the report, Nurul Izzah said she is committed to her current role as the co-chair of the secretariat of a finance ministry advisory panel headed by Hassan Marican.
“I am, however, bound by my party’s decisions,” she said.
“Nonetheless, it’s best for us to be mindful of the challenges before us in the upcoming state elections. We must work hard to strengthen PH (Pakatan Harapan) and the unity government.”
Six states – PH-controlled Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan, and PAS-led Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah – will hold elections after June.
Nurul Izzah, a former three-term MP, served Lembah Pantai from 2008 to 2018 before winning the Permatang Pauh seat in 2018.
She failed to retain her Permatang Pauh seat in last year’s general election (GE15), which was won by PAS’ Fawwaz Jan with a 5,272-vote majority in a four-cornered contest.