Selangor Pas taking 'wait-and-see' approach on possible Pandan by-election

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Pas has opted for a wait-and-see approach on a possible call for a by-election in the Pandan parliamentary constituency which will see the return of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to Parliament.

Its election director Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir told the New Straits Times Press that although its Pandan counterpart was already preparing its machinery, the state election machinery would wait for further instruction from the party leadership before taking the next course of action.

"At the moment, I don't foresee the need for the state chapter to make a similar call as the Pandan branch.

“This is just an internal call at the Pandan level, just in case (it is happening). No preparations are being made with regards to the Selangor level machinery.

“There's no directive yet. Everyone is busy with the upcoming muktamar later this week. However, if it (by-election) were to happen in Selangor, we are ready,” said Roslan.

Yesterday, Pas vice-president Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad, who is also Pandan branch chief, issued a brief directive via WhatsApp calling for its election machinery to prepare for a likely Pandan parliamentary constituency by-election.

In the message, Iskandar had asked the Pandan Pas branch election machinery at all levels to prepare for the possibility of the P.100 by-election to be held in the nearest time.

Iskandar confirmed 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.

The message also fuelled speculation 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 Anwar to contest.

Meanwhile, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said that the announcement on the parliamentary seat to be contested by Anwar would be made after his return from Hong Kong tomorrow (Wednesday). © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd