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Monday, 16 June 2008
PITA POLITIK (37): ANOTHER EPIC COMING UP?
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and the Wanita Exco
Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) and Tun Mahathir. Will Mahathir join in the by-election campaign?
Monday June 16, 2008 Anwar eyeing Kuala Kangsar
IPOH: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is looking at the possibility of contesting a by-election in Perak, if the court were to rule against Barisan Nasional in the Kuala Kangsar election petition.
Responding to queries on his pending contest in a by-election, the PKR de facto leader said: “I think Perak would be a good idea. We’re waiting for a decision on Kuala Kangsar.”
Anwar said this after speaking at a closed-door convention held by Perak PKR Youth yesterday.
He also said a committee had been set up to look into him contesting in a by-election, adding that it would be done through Pakatan Rakyat.
Dissatisfied voter Ahmad Jamaluddin Abd Majid has filed an election petition to declare the results of the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary constituency null and void after Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz failed to sign two out of three sets of her nomination papers in the last general election.
Rafidah won the seat against Perak PAS deputy commissioner Dr Khairuddin Abd Malik. The case is still pending in court.
On talk that a Barisan Nasional component party was planning to pull out of the coalition, Anwar said: “I think we will monitor this closely. I’m sure you’ll know very soon.”
However, he was tight-lipped when asked if the component party was from Sabah.
Later in GEORGE TOWN, Anwar said those who wished to join the party must accept Pakatan Rakyat’s agenda for a multiracial Malaysia and a guaranteed Constitution.
“We would receive such a move well and we hope that it happens in the shortest time,” he said.
He also said there had been discussions between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan parties but such discussions did not mean the latter were joining them.
“They (Barisan parties) wanted to know how the Pakatan Rakyat parties work together and about the promises for change that we made.
“The discussions do not indicate they are crossing over,” he said.(The Star Online, 16 June 08)
Comment: If the court decides there will be a by-election in Kuala Kangsar, all eyes will turn to Anwar Ibrahim, the probable candidate of Pakatan Rakyat and Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, the incumbent from BN.Will Kuala Kangsar retain its status quo or go to the Perak ruling Pakatan Rakyat.