Three seats in final list to vacate for Anwar next week

Goh Pei Pei

KUCHING: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is unsure over which parliamentary seat will be vacated for him as there are three in the final list.

“Yes, there are a few seats. I think there should be three in the final list, but I’m not sure which one will be (the one to be vacated),” he said after a PKR welcoming event at a hotel here.

Asked whether he would accept the offer to contest the seat that was eventually left vacant for him, he said he would let the party make the announcement first.

Earlier, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had confirmed that a parliamentary seat would be vacated to pave the way for Anwar.

He urged party leaders to remain inclusive and open-minded if they wanted to continue to lead the country.

“The party will need fresh faces and senior leaders. Thus, please be open-minded when there’s new and young leaders and that doesn’t mean we don’t need the seniors,” he said.

“In the (future) elections, I will decide on the candidates. Anyone can recommend but I will decide who is to contest.” Anwar said he would ensure that the party was always clean.

“If there’s anyone involved in corruption, abuse of power or discriminate against the people, please leave the party. We don’t need such leaders,” he said.

“I’m giving you all (PKR leaders) a stern warning, whether you win or lose. As long as I lead the party, I will not tolerate such nonsense.”

Present were Permatang Pauh member of parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar, Lembah Pantai MP Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil, Julau MP Larry Sng and Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd