Pas readies itself for possible Pandan parliamentary by-election

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: Pas is gearing up for a possible by-election in the Pandan parliamentary constituency.

The Islamist party’s vice-president Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad, who is also Pandan branch chief, moments ago issued a brief directive via Whatsapp which called for its election machinery to be ready to face a likely Pandan parliamentary constituency by-election.

“Pas’ Pandan branch election machinery at all levels are directed to prepare for the possibility of the P.100 by-election to be held in the nearest time.

“I would like to thank in advance for the cooperation of all parties,” read the message.

Iskandar told the NSTP that he had sent out the message to the branch’s election machinery as rumours have been circulating that a by-election would be called in the parliamentary constituency.

“We got to be ready. I am asking my election machinery to get ready.”

The message fueled speculations that deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also Pandan member of parliament, would be vacating the seat to pave the way for PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest.

PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail had reportedly confirmed that the announcement on the parliamentary seat to be contested by Anwar would be made after his return from Hong Kong on Wednesday.

In a Bernama report, Saifuddin said Anwar had contacted him yesterday before departing for Hong Kong to give instructions to ‘get ready’ the potential seats that would be contested by the party president-elect in the near future.

Saifuddin said there were originally three potential seats but it was narrowed down to two yesterday.

Saifuddin was quoted as saying: “Maybe while in Hong Kong, he (Anwar) will make a decision on one of these seats.”

The seat to be chosen by Anwar, said Saifuddin, was the safest seat based on a study and also the results of the last general election, and it would not be from the northern states of the peninsula as widely reported by local newspapers.


The Islamist party’s vice-president Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad, who is also Pandan branch chief, moments ago issued a brief directive via Whatsapp which called for its election machinery to be ready to face a likely Pandan parliamentary constituency by-election. - NSTP FILE PIC

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