Anwar: I’ll have to work hard for my vic­tory

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not tak­ing for granted his bid to win the Port Dickson par­lia­men­tary by-elec­tion.

“In my po­lit­i­cal life and ca­reer, I have never taken things for granted,” said the PKR pres­i­dent-elect.

“You have to work hard, you have got to meet the peo­ple to ex­plain and nat­u­rally, you won’t have 100% sup­port,” he said af­ter at­tend­ing a youth di­a­logue and the launch of Dr Syed Husin Ali’s A Peo­ple’s His­tory of Malaysia yes­ter­day.

He said it was cru­cial that Pakatan Hara­pan works hard to get the vot­ers’ sup­port.

Asked whether he could at­tend De­wan Rakyat to de­bate on Bud­get 2019, Anwar replied that it would be up to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to de­cide on the polling date.

Par­lia­ment will con­vene this Oct 15 and the Bud­get speech is ex­pected to be tabled on Nov 2.

“It is the peo­ple who will de­cide if I will be voted in and there is no cer­tainty and I have to work very hard,” he said.

On Wed­nes­day, PKR MP for Port Dickson Datuk Danyal Balagopal Ab­dul­lah an­nounced that he was re­lin­quish­ing his seat to al­low Anwar to con­test in the by-elec­tion.

In Kota Kinabalu, Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia Youth chief Syed Sad­diq Syed Ab­dul Rah­man said Anwar should be given the sup­port to en­sure that he wins the by-elec­tion.

He also con­firmed that there was a writ­ten agree­ment on a power tran­si­tion from Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad to Anwar who will be­come the next Prime Min­is­ter.

This was agreed upon by all the top party lead­ers in Pakatan, he said.

“I do not want to break a promise, es­pe­cially one that is in black and white,” he told re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing the “Un­lock­ing The Power Of Young Peo­ple” programme here. “What is para­mount is a win for Pakatan.” Syed Sad­diq also de­nied that there were moves to boy­cott Anwar’s cam­paign, es­pe­cially among the mem­bers of the Ber­satu Youth wing.

Avail­able now: Anwar launch­ing the ‘A Peo­ple’s His­tory of Malaysia’ book at a youth di­a­logue in Kuala Lumpur. Look­ing on are the au­thor Dr Syed Husin Ali and his­to­rian Dr Felice Noelle Ro­driguez.

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