Anwar mulls contesting in Perak

The opposition leader is considering moving out of his traditional stronghold in Penang in the coming general election.

G Vinod, FMT

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim may contest a parliamentary seat in Perak in the coming general election.

He said this when questioned on whether he would defend his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in Penang.

“Some say I should go to Perak or Selangor but I am thinking of the former. But no decision has been made. I’m still considering it,” said the PKR supremo.

However, Anwar dismissed speculation that he might move to Lembah Pantai, where his daughter Nurul Izzah is the incumbent MP.

“Let her stay in Lembah Pantai. Why would I want to disturb her? [Raja] Nong Chik [Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being Minister] is already disturbing her enough,” he said, with a chuckle.

Earlier this week DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang was announced as the candidate for the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor, moving away from Ipoh Timur.

Anwar made the announcement when addressing a 10,000-strong crowd at a field near Sutera Mall, Skudai, for the 47th DAP party anniversary celebrations on Monday.

Speculations are rife that top guns from Pakatan Rakyat would be moved out from their strongholds to tough seats, in order to increase the chances of winning federal power.

Anwar has been the Permatang Pauh MP since his days in Umno until he was sacked from the party in 1998 and jailed on corruption charges.

Nevertheless, the constituents backed his wife, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in three general elections until she relinquished the seat in 2008, to make way for Anwar.

He won back the seat with over 15,000 votes majority in the by-election.

Anwar also announced that Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian would be contesting for the Limbang parliamentary seat in the general election.

He also announced other candidates; Ali Biju ( Saratok), Roland Engan (Baram), Abun Sui (Hulu Rejang) and Abang Zulkifli (Batang Lupar)

“These are other people we have decided for now. We will announce on other candidates later on,” said Anwar.