'I am still independent representative': Bagan Serai MP Noor Azmi

Zahratulhayat Mat Arif

IPOH: Bagan Serai member of parliament Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali Azmi today denied a report that he was ready to step down to pave the way for PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Anwar Ibrahim to contest in a by-election.

“First of all, that person (who gave the news) is not me. I am not aware of this. I am not sure who gave this fake news. No one came forward (to have a discussion). I am still an independent representative.

“I want to give more focus on the people of Bagan Serai in terms of development and other related national affairs,” he said when contacted by the NSTP today.

It was reported in a portal today that an independent lawmaker in Perak has reportedly offered his Parliament seat to Anwar. According to the report, the member of parliament, who was formerly with Barisan Nasional (BN), had made the offer during a recent meeting with Anwar.

Noor Azmi and Bukit Gantang member of parliament, Datuk Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal had contested and won as part of BN-Umno but announced their exit from the coalition following Pakatan Harapan’s win in the 14th General Election (GE14)

On June 24, Noor Azmi announced his departure from BN and openly declared his support behind the federal government, led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the state government led by Perak Menteri Besar, Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

Noor Azmi had won Bagan Serai with a thin majority, polling just 172 votes more than his Pas rival, Rohaya Bakar.

Three days after Noor Azmi’s exit, Syed Abu Hussin joined the chorus to become an independent representative as he was frustrated with the results of the Umno election.

In the GE14, Syed Abu Hussin won with a 4,089 majority in a three-cornered fight with PKR, Khadri Khalid and PAS, Idris Ahmad.

However, attempt to reach Syed Abu Hussin proved futile. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd