Wan Azizah may contest for a state seat in Penang

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has hinted she may contest a state seat in her husband Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's Permatang Pauh constituency in the coming general election.

"If I am contesting at state level, I must be a (registered) voter there," she said at a press conference at the PKR headquarters.

Dr Wan Azizah refused to disclose the constituency she will contest.

Sinar Harian had reported that Dr Wan Azizah may contest a state seat and that the party is identifying suitable seats for her.

Checks with the Election Commission website showed that Dr Wan Azizah is a registered voter in the Permatang Pasir state seat.

Permatang Pasir, together with Seberang Jaya and Penanti, are state seats in the Permatang Pauh constituency.

Dr Wan Azizah is barred from contesting a parliament seat for five years after resigning as the Permatang Pauh MP in August 2008 to make way for Anwar's return to politics.

However, Dr Wan Azizah can contest a state seat in Penang as there is no legislation that prevents her from doing so.

Meanwhile, PKR vice-president N. Surendran has lodged a police report after he was warned not to challenge MIC or face an acid attack.

Surendran said he received the threat via text message at around 10am yesterday.

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