Anwar tight-lipped on which seat he will contest in

Audrey Dermawan

SEBERANG JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said it was not right for him to reveal which parliamentary seat he would be contesting in as it has yet to be finalised.

“All I can say is that we have narrowed it down to just two to three seats but nothing has been finalised yet.

“As such, it is not right for me to give any hint on the seats or even the states I am looking at now,” he said after opening the Penang PKR divisional meetings at a hotel, here, this morning.

The PKR president-elect however remarked that he was seriously contemplating the matter.

“If could be in the north, south or even Pekan...if it is vacant,” he said in jest.

Pressed further on how soon he would make the announcement, he said, “Once my colleagues and I have quite settled with the constituency."

“Of course I will discuss further with the Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) to inform him. Also, my colleagues in Pakatan Harapan (PH) as it has always been a tradition that when I make a decision, I inform then all.

“Only then, I will make an (official) announcement,” he added.

To another question on the sensitivities involved, Anwar said firstly, of course, was the willingness of the candidate that was elected to the seat in the 14th General Election (GE14).

“Secondly, is whether my decision will be comfortable to the constituents in the constituency. Will the constituents be comfortable with Anwar?

“Then of course my colleagues in PKR and other parties because I will be contesting as a PH candidate,” he noted.

Asked on the possibility of coming back to Penang to contest, he against said in jest, “I am discussing with Mansor (Datuk Mansor Othman) for his Nibong Tebal seat.”

“Actually to be fair, most of my colleagues have indicated they do not have a problem with that, although some choose to remain private,” he further added.

On criticism that he should not be making the existing members of parliament to vacate their seats for him, Anwar said such a thing has happened before.

“This process is acceptable in any democratic process.

“They know I should be a candidate but could not (due to circumstances). So I am there to get the people’s mandate,” he said.

Last night, Anwar revealed that he had narrowed down the parliamentary seat he would be contesting in to pave his way back into parliament to just two or three.

Anwar had in recent days revealed that he hoped to return to Parliament as early as October. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd