Negri Sembilan PKR welcomes Anwar to contest in the state

Nur Aqidah Azizi

SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan PKR has backed PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim if he picks a parliamentary seat in the state in his bid to return to mainstream politics.

State PKR chairman and Menteri Besar, Aminuddin Harun, said they welcome and will support the move if the in-coming PKR President chooses to contest from the state.

“Wait for the announcement. I was told that the announcement would be made by Datuk Seri Anwar, this week,” he told NSTP here, today.

Asked whether the state PKR was aware of the possibility of the former four-term Permatang Pauh member of Parliament may seek to return to Parliament from the state, Aminuddin said he was only aware of the possibility through media speculation on the matter.

“I believe this speculation arose after Datuk Seri Anwar was present in Jelai and Tampin recently. Whatever it is, we have to wait for the announcement from him,” he said.

Speculation of Anwar of having made-up his mind to contest a parliamentary seat from the state had been making rounds, with Port Dickson parliamentary seat said to be his preferred choice.

For the record, Port Dickson MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (PH-PKR) is the sole representative of the party.

In the 14th General Election (GE-14), the 68-year-old PKR candidate won with 36,225 votes and 17,110 majority, beating Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mogan Velayatham who received 18,515 votes while PAS representative Mahfuz Roslan received 6,594 votes.

Aminuddin said, the state PKR would not be involved in any discussions between Anwar and the Port Dickson parliamentary seat incumbent, for Anwar to contest the seat.

“It is between the incumbent and PKR’s central leadership. State PKR is not involved with any discussion and decision that will be made,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd