Dr Wan Azizah: Anwar won’t contest immediately, to contribute from outside govt

Dr Wan Azizah: Anwar won’t contest immediately, to contribute from outside govt
Deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail smiles during an event at MPAJ Ampang, Kuala Lumpur May 15, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 — PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will aid Pakatan Harapan (PH) from outside the government instead of running for office soon after his release, said Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Despite expectations that Anwar will contest a federal seat to set him up to be prime minister, she said her party does not intend to trigger a by-election in the near term to make this possible.

“We will have to give a chance to the prime minister to form the Cabinet and for the government to be up and running.

“Until that happens, Anwar contributes as part of, not actually as the government, but (in a position) related to the government of Tun Dr Mahathir,” she said while at the Pandan PKR victory celebrations at the Ampang Jaya Municipal field this evening.

Anwar’s old Permatang Pauh seat is currently held by his daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar, while Dr Wan Azizah is Pandan MP.

Dr Wan Azizah previously vacated Permatang Pauh to make way for Anwar in 2008, after his disqualification stemming from a previous conviction lapsed.

When pressed if this or a similar vacancy was being prepared, she replied in the negative.

“It is not in our plans,” she said.

Dr Wan Azizah confirmed the Pardons Board will meet at 11am tomorrow, with Anwar expected to be released from the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital soon after.

“We are not sure what time the meeting will finish, so we anticipate for it to be around the evening.

“Preparations for his release have been done, I don’t want him to go back lah,” she said light-heartedly in reference to him returning to Sungai Buloh Prison.

Dr Wan Azizah added her husband is due to make his first public appearance after his release at the Merdeka Rakyat rally at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya tomorrow night.

“God willing his first appearance will be tomorrow at Padang Timur.

“Tomorrow, there is also the solat tarawih. It will be a real thanksgiving because Anwar will be freed and able to usher in Ramadan,” she added.