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Anwar: I'm ready to serve
Published on: Saturday, September 08, 2018

Selangor: PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) Friday announced that he was ready to serve the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and the people after taking a break for four years from politics.

"My 'break' at Sungai Buloh was too long, four years long, now it is time for me come out fighting alongside with my friends in PH.

"I am Anwar Ibrahim and I am still strong, I can still fight now, it is not an easy task to change 61-year old government but I will be with all of you," he said at the Poh Tong dinner in conjunction with the Hungry Ghost Festival here, today.

Also present were PH candidate for the Balakong state by-election Wong Siew Ki and Selangor DAP secretary and PH by-election director Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Anwar also called on Balakong constituents to come out to cast their ballots on Saturday to give the mandate to PH. "Many of my colleagues are in the Cabinet today, they are working hard to fight corruption and solve previous problems. "Give them the opportunity to work hard for you (people), give our young candidate this Saturday to bring about changes to all of you," he said.

Anwar spent about 15 minutes at the event before rushing to the Seri Setia by-election campaign.

The Balakong state by-election will witness a straight fight between Wong and MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong on Saturday. Meanwhile, Anwar can contest in any of the four PKR parliamentary seats in Penang, Seberang Jaya assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin said.

The PKR Deputy Youth chief said the PKR president-elect should contest in a Penang parliamentary seat as Penang is Anwar's political base.

"Which seat, I am not at liberty to discuss. If you ask me, there are four parliamentary seats in Penang that he can contest in," he said.

"There were no discussions yet on who will be giving up their seat to pave way for a by-election for Anwar to contest in," he said.

He said Anwar has asked that the Penang PKR be ready to support him in a by-election and he can choose to contest in Penang.

"We have to be ready to support him in a by-election anywhere he chooses, not only in Penang," he said.

He said a by-election is a necessity and due process to prepare Anwar to be the next Prime Minister.

"This has been done before. It is not only about serving the constituents but to prepare the leadership at the national level and the people want certainty and a smooth transition," he said.

It was reported that Anwar plans to return to Parliament as an MP by October, but he did not announce which seat he plans to contest in.

Anwar was formerly the Permatang Pauh MP, which he held between 1982 and 1999 until he was jailed, and then he held the seat between 2008 and 2015 until he was jailed again.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was the Permatang Pauh MP between 1999 and 2008 before she gave up the seat to Anwar in 2008.

When Anwar was jailed in 2015, she contested and won the seat and was the MP until the May 9 election this year. Currently, Anwar's daughter, Nurul Izzah, is the Permatang Pauh MP.

The three other PKR parliamentary seats in Penang are Nibong Tebal, held by Datuk Mansor Othman, Bayan Baru held by deputy minister Sim Tze Tzin and Balik Pulau held by deputy minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik.

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