Anwar: I will be back in Parliament within months

(The Sun Daily) – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will contest a by-election within months to get back into the Dewan Rakyat.

The de facto PKR leader is speeding up his return to Parliament after his pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and release from prison slightly more than two weeks ago.

“I may speed up the process because there’s nothing wrong with me being a member of parliament,” he was quoted by The Malaysian Insight as saying today.

Anwar said he would not be contesting the Pandan seat, which is held by his wife and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“Pandan would be problematic because Wan Azizah would resign earlier as deputy prime minister leaving a vacuum for PKR,” he said.

“Next week, I will go to London to meet (former US vice-president) Al Gore. A few days after Hari Raya, I will be in Turkey because President (Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan has reminded me three times to pay a visit.

“And there are a few important meetings with world leaders who requested that I visit them. I feel good as a regular Malaysian citizen who can freely discuss matters and meet up with friends,” he said, adding that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also extended his invitation.

“When that round (of visits) is completed in a few months, then I would offer myself as a by-election candidate.”

Anwar also said he would not “disrupt” the administration, adding that his relationship with Dr Mahathir is “good”.

“So far, there has been very good communication. Tomorrow (yesterday), I will speak with him again. Last night, I spoke with him over the phone. He has given good access to me.

“When I telephone, within minutes, I get connected. And this is a prime minister who is busy. Tun Mahathir also knows where I go. Whether I seek an audience with the king or meet the people, I inform Dr Mahathir beforehand.

“I give way to him to administrate without any disturbance and I let him be comfortable to carry out his job.”