Anwar says ‘comfortable’ in Port Dickson, prepared to defend seat in GE15 – The Star Online

PORT DICKSON: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim feels “comfortable” in Port Dickson and is prepared to defend the parliamentary seat in the next general election.

However, the PKR president said that the party leadership will have the final say on this.

Anwar said he no longer felt like an outsider here and knew many of his constituents.

“If you ask me, yes, I am comfortable here in PD because it is convenient and I now know many people here.

“I also feel that I am much better received now than when I contested the by-election previously.

“People here are really friendly and I see this during my visits including to schools, surau and mosques,” he said when met after handing over aid to surau and mosque committees here.

Anwar was asked to comment if he would be defending the Port Dickson seat which he won in a seven-cornered by-election on Oct 13,2018 with a 23,560 majority.

The by-election was triggered following the exit of its incumbent MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah to make way for Anwar’s return to Parliament.

Danyal won the seat in a three-cornered fight in GE14 with a 17,710-vote majority.

Anwar said when he contested the by-election, some of his constituents were worried if he could carry out his duties effectively as their wakil rakyat.

“Previously, people here were worried that being an outsider, I would not have much time to visit them.

“But after having seen me here often, their perception has changed for the better,” he said.

Last month, Anwar said he had the option to choose from 15 seats in the next general election.

He said this when asked if he was looking to return to Permatang Pauh, the seat that he first won in 1982 and held till 1999.

He won the seat again in 2008 after serving time in jail and won again in GE13 but was disqualified in 2015 after he was found guilty in a second sodomy case.

In GE14, his eldest daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar contested the seat and won.

Last week, Nurul Izzah said the PKR leadership will decide whether she will defend the seat in the 15th general election.