Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Port Dickson MP gives up seat for Anwar

Port Dickson MP gives up seat for Anwar

Umno Youth executive council member Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris has offered to stand in the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to stop an alleged plot to "politically assassinate" Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

Danyal, who won the Port Dickson seat in GE14 with 75,212 votes, is a retired admiral, and rumours of him stepping down have concerned other veterans from the National Patriots Association (NPA).

"Anwar has always been denied his rights as a political leader and I believe the Port Dickson parliamentary constituency by-election is long awaited by the people", he told reporters after attending the launch of the FGV-MPOB (Palm Oil Board Malaysia) Initiative In Spearheading The Use Of B10 here.

"I'm not quitting my people".

The possible seats were discussed within selected groups of loyalists, who were entrusted with the responsibility of crafting an action plan to get PKR president-elect Anwar elected as an MP.

"In politics, there are those who are reluctant and those who will announce that they are willing but then back down".

Wan Muhammad Azri said that if he is given the chance by Umno's leadership to contest the by-election, it will be meaningful to him as Anwar has constantly been his political target in his previous controversial blogs.

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Asked whether he was also called in the discussion on the vacating of the Port Dickson's parliamentary seat, Shamsul Iskandar said the matter was discussed in a political bureau meeting.

Party sources told The Star that the chosen constituency must have voter representation which reflects that Mr Anwar is accepted by the Malays as well as non-Malays.

When contacted on Monday, Danyal said although he had been supporting PKR since 2008, it was only recently that he officially became a member, meaning that he is fairly unknown within the PKR fold.

"This is also important to us as PKR is a multiracial party and we want to break the practice where a Malay contests in a Malay majority seat, a Chinese in a Chinese majority seat and an Indian in an Indian majority seat", said Mr Leong, who was the first to offer his seat to Anwar.

PKR's Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah announced his resignation as Port Dickson MP yesterday to force a by-election that will pave the way for Anwar to return to Parliament.

Senior party official Saifuddin Nasution says there is no timeframe for Anwar to take over the top job.

"There is none. That is the beauty of being a PKR member, we don't have to worry about that", he said.

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