PAN will give way to Anwar if he wants to contest in Perak

Muhammad Apendy Issahak

IPOH: Perak Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) are willing to give way to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to stand for a parliamentary seat in the state when the time comes.

State PAN deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said it would up to Anwar to decide if he wanted to contest anywhere in the state.

“It is up to any of the members of parliament from Perak... it doesn’t matter whether he or she from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, PAN or PKR. It is his (Anwar’s) right whether he wants to stand in Bukit Gantang or Bagan Serai or whichever area,” he said after a dialogue session at Sekolah Agama Rakyat Kampung Changkat Larang, here.

Nizar was commenting on a report by a news portal recently which quoted sources as saying an independent MP from Perak was ready to step down to allow Anwar to contest the seat in a by-election.

At present, there are two seats held by independent MPs — Bagan Serai (Datuk Dr Noor azmi Ghazali) and Bukit Gantang (Datuk Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal.

The duo had contested on Barisan Nasional tickets but resigned from Umno following the 14th general election in May.

Nizar said, should Anwar decide to contest a seat that had once been given to PAN to contest, the party would give way for the PKR president-elect to be the candidate.

“Should this happen, we will revert to our policy which is if any area is wanted by a member of the top leadership of Pakatan Harapan, we will give due consideration to giving way... that has been our policy from the start.

“However, nothing has been discussed yet whether at state or national level... I am merely stating what our policy has always been, which is to say that we will give priority to the top leadership and make way for them,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd