‘Candidate Wan Azizah’ only as a last resort for PKR


(The Rakyat Post) – Wan Azizah has been rejected as a candidate at the grassroots level 

With just another two days to go before nomination day on April 25 for the Permatang Pauh by-election, PKR is said to be in a limbo over its candidate.

Realising the importance of retaining the seat which once belonged to incarcerated Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, pressure mounted behind closed doors in PKR headquarters during last night’s meeting when a final decision still could not be reached on who should be fielded against Barisan Nasional to retain the stronghold.

While there is no prizes for guessing who the candidate will be if not PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is also the assemblywoman for Kajang.

Seen by many as a reluctant politician, she is now a semi rejected candidate after what happened in 2008.

It was also learnt from party insiders that even though Wan Azizah was the safest bet, her status as candidate had been set as “embargo”.

According to party sources, the party was now facing a major dilemma, almost hitting a dead end trying to think of a candidate other from Wan Azizah.

Of course, putting her there will be the safest bet to secure the seat her husband once held for six terms under PKR due to factors such getting sympathy votes, and for the fact that she is also a familiar face there.

However, things took a dramatic turn when the voices of the Permatang Pauh folks and grassroots leaders there was finally taken into consideration.

They have rejected Wan Azizah and this is a bitter pill PKR must swallow.

The source went on to tell The Rakyat Post that it would be a big gamble for PKR to place Wan Azizah as candidate as there is the risk of losing votes or even worse, lose out to their opponent.

Even more shocking, the source revealed,  is that Wan Azizah has been rejected as a candidate at the grassroots level and after her “warm-up rounds” in the constituency last week.

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