Swear­ing-in of An­war will be the first or­der of the day

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PETALING JAYA: It will be a very short wait for Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim to be sworn in as Port Dickson MP.

His swear­ing-in will be the first or­der of the day when the De­wan Rakyat con­venes to­mor­row.

Af­ter go­ing on his rounds to­day to thank his con­stituents for their solid man­date, An­war will make the short trip back to the fed­eral cap­i­tal to pre­pare to take his seat in Par­lia­ment.

Hav­ing been elected Per­matang Pauh MP way back in 1982 (An­war was Per­matang Pauh MP from 1982 to 1999; and from 2008-2015), the for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter is no stranger to the for­mal­i­ties in­volved in the au­gust house.

“This is not the first time An­war is mark­ing his re­turn to Par­lia­ment. He did so as the op­po­si­tion leader in 2008 be­fore his im­pris­on­ment in 2015.

“This time around he will re­turn just as a back­bencher,” said USM po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Prof Dr Siva- mu­ru­gan Pan­dian.

He said de­spite be­ing just a back­bencher, the fo­cus will be on An­war to see how he con­ducts him­self and the role he plays as an MP.

“While An­war may voice his views on cer­tain mat­ters, he should avoid be­ing crit­i­cal of govern­ment poli­cies but rather look at loop­holes,’’ he added.

Univer­siti Utara Malaysia po­lit­i­cal and in­ter­na­tional stud­ies se­nior lec­turer Md Shukri Shuib said the PKR pres­i­dent-elect should not act as a “shadow Prime Min­is­ter.”

“He has to avoid cre­at­ing any con­flict and ten­sion, but bring sta­bil­ity to the ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he said.

He said Pakatan Hara­pan must en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion of power be­tween the two lead­ers or pay a price in the next polls.

“Send­ing the wrong sig­nals could cause vot­ers to re­gret their de­ci­sion to vote Pakatan into power,” he said.

On Fri­day, De­wan Rakyat sec­re­tary Datuk Roosme Hamzah con­firmed that the swear­ing-in cer­emo- ny of the newly-elected Port Dickson MP was on top of the agenda when the De­wan Rakyat re-con­vened.

The last time An­war par­tic­i­pated in a par­lia­men­tary de­bate was on Bud­get 2015 in Oct 2014. He was im­pris­oned at Sun­gai Bu­loh on Feb 10, 2015, af­ter fail­ing in his ap­peal against a sodomy con­vic­tion.

Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V granted An­war a royal par­don on May 16 this year, paving the way for his re­turn to main­stream pol­i­tics.

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