Wan Azizah makes way for AnwarPosted: July 31, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has quit as Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament to make way for husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest in a by-election.
She handed her resignation letter to Parliament Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia on Thursday, she said at a press conference here on Thursday.
She will remain as party president, she added.
To say I’m surprised is an understatement. I vaguely remember that Anwar said at one point that the good people of Permatang Pauh actually want Wan Azizah to stay as their MP. Something along the lines of “Kalau boleh, janganlah Permatang Pauh”, asking Anwar to contest elsewhere.
My first reaction: WHAT?
My reaction now is still: WHAT?
Before this, Anwar had said that he is planning to contest in Kulim, where an election petition is still ongoing, waiting for court decision.
I honestly thought he would wait. I guess my mind still doesn’t think like a politician.
So what’s going to happen now? Is Barisan Nasional going to have any reaction to this?
If they send the same person to stand against Anwar, then Anwar’s going to win hands down. But perhaps it doesn’t even matter who they send to contest in Permatang Pauh for the by-election. It’s almost a given that Anwar would win.
Unless something goes terribly wrong.
IF we were to think along the lines of “political conspiracy”, would the police charge Anwar of sodomy now? The powers that be would want to flex their muscles to try and stop Anwar from gaining momentum and mileage. They might also want to stop Anwar from contesting in the by-election altogether.
Now, before anyone hentams me, let me say that this is merely me thinking along the lines that there IS a political exercise to get rid of Anwar. Not that I know anything you don’t, but my deduction of the state of affairs is as such.
But let’s just forget the “political conspiracy” theory for the moment, and think fact. Or maybe “question” would be a more suitable word.
With Wan Azizah now having handed in her resignation letter, how long would it be till the by-election takes place in Permatang Pauh? Surely some time has to be allocated for nomination, the filing procedures, and some short campaigning time.
And now that Wan Azizah has resigned from Parliament, does this mean that they have to elect another Opposition Leader in Parliament for the time being?
Actually, I would have preferred it if Wan Azizah stayed on as an MP. She’s one of the better MPs we have left.
Ah well, perhaps they have their own reasons.