ALOR SETAR (Bernama) – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Secretary-General Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has confirmed that the announcement on the Parliamentary seat to be contested by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will only be made after his return from Hong Kong tomorrow.
He said Anwar had contacted him yesterday before departing for Hong Kong to give instructions to ‘get ready’ potential seats that would be contested by the party president-elect in the near future,
“There were originally three (potential) seats, but until yesterday these were reduced to two. Yesterday, he had contacted me to give me an overview and he will make a decision on one of these seats,” Saifuddin told reporters after conducting checks on the Sales and Service Tax (SST) implementation yesterday.
Saifuddin, who is also Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, said the seat to be chosen by Anwar will be the safest seat based on a study by taking into account the results of the last general election.
“We have taken into account all (aspects), including the last general election’s outcome, percentage of voters’ turnout, current political issues and issues being harped by the opposition.”
Saifuddin also confirmed that the seat to be contested by Anwar would not be a seat from the northern states of the peninsula as reported by local newspapers, which he described as speculative.
He called on the public not to easily fall prey to news and gossips being spread and stressed that announcements must come from the secretary-general as the most authoritative and legitimate source of a party.
Commenting on the statement by PKR Women Chief Zuraida Kamaruddin that there had been no discussion at the top level on the choice of seat for Anwar, Saifuddin said Anwar himself had announced he would make a comeback to Parliament in October.
“That’s her (Zuraida) way of responding to the media, Anwar himself has mentioned on the matter, for example if the Prime Minister had announced something, then suddenly someone said it is not discussed yet in the Cabinet…that is called confusing,” he said.