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