Anwar jokingly offers consultancy about life in prison

PORT DICKSON (Bernama) – PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday jokingly offered his services as a consultant to anyone who wants to know about life in prison.

The offer also stands for certain VIPs facing trial, he said, drawing laughter from the audience at a celebrity chef programme for women as he campaigned in the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election.

The Pakatan Harapan candidate in the by-election said life in jail was difficult but he had served time patiently until his release.

He said he was well looked after in jail by the prison staff and some of them had expressed their sympathy for him.

“The prison staff expressed sympathy and supported PKR on the quiet,” he said.

Malaysia’s reform icon Anwar Ibrahim delivers his speech during a rally in Port Dickson. – AP

Anwar had been in jail for almost nine years, from 1998 to 2004 and from 2015 to May this year.

The Port Dickson by-election is a seven-cornered contest comprising Anwar, Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar of PAS and five independent candidates, including former Negeri Sembilan Chief Minister Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad and Anwar’s former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

The seat was vacated by Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah of PKR on September 12 to enable Anwar to contest the by-election and become a Member of Parliament.

In the 14th general election on May 9, Danyal Balagopal, 68, had won the seat with a majority of 17,710 votes, beating Datuk VS Mogan of the Barisan Nasional and Mahfuz Roslan of PAS.

The Port Dickson constituency has 75,770 registered voters, 43 per cent of whom are Malay, 33 per cent Chinese, 22 per cent Indian and two per cent others.

Polling is tomorrow.