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Parliamentary seat to be vacated next week for Anwar
Published on: Sunday, September 09, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic) on Saturday confirmed that a parliamentary seat will be vacated to pave the way for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said, however, when and where the seat concerned would be vacated for the PKR president elect could not be announced at present.

"I think it is not yet announced. God willing, some of our elected representatives have offered to vacate their seats to enable Datuk Seri Anwar to contest," she told reporters after launching the National Welfare Foundation (YKN) - Palestine People's Fund campaign, here.

On Friday night, PKR Vice President Rafizi Ramli revealed that the party would vacate a parliamentary seat next week to enable Anwar to contest.

Meanwhile, asked on the statement by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was not satisfied with the performance of the Cabinet Ministers, Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said it was a reminder for them to discharge their duties better.

Meanwhile, the DAP respects the decision of PKR to vacate one parliamentary seat next week to make way for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest.

Its Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng said it was the decision and right of the PKR to do so.

"It is up to the PKR. We respect the decision of the party's leadership and will wait for them to discuss the matter with us," he said when met after attending the Briefing and Information Program on the Sales and Service Tax (SST) at the Bentong Chinese Chamber of Commerce, in Bentong, Saturday.

The speculation on vacating the parliamentary seat was confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the candidate for PKR Deputy President Rafizi Ramli, but they were tight-lipped on which seat would be involved. Rafizi, who said this at the ceramah entitled #REFORMASI 20 TAHUN (Twenty Years of Reforms) in Kota Baru, Kelantan, was reported to have said that the move was part of efforts to make Anwar as the Prime Minister.

Earlier, when officiating the office of Bentong Member of Parliament Wong Tack in Jalan Chui Yin here, Lim thanked the willingness of the Bentong constituents to vote for Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election in order to transform the national administration.

"Without their support, we could not form the government that was newly formed and thus meant there would be no hope for our children. For the past four months, I had spent time in the office to resolve the debt left by the previous government. If the debt is not resolved, it will lead to a national crisis. If this matter cannot be resolved, we need not discuss other matters because there is no money. So, I hope the government is given time to resolve the debt problem first," he added.

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