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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014


One of us may pull out of contest, says Anwar

The Star/ANN | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

PKR risks being de-registered by the RoS if Anwar continues to contest for the party presidency.

PETALING JAYA - PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has indicated that either he or his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, may pull out of the contest for the party president's post as it faces the possibility of being de-registered.

"My battle is not with Azizah but with Umno leaders. They have used the court and now the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to deny my right to contest," he told the press at PKR headquarters here yesterday.

The Permatang Pauh MP said the party allows its candidates to withdraw anytime from now.

"So we may have one candidate (for the top post) - Anwar or Azizah," he said, adding that he and Azizah, who is the party president, were a "formidable team".

"We live and die together," he joked.

PKR risks being de-registered by the RoS if Anwar continues to contest for the party presidency.

His legitimacy to contest has come into question after the Court of Appeal sentenced him on March 7 to five years' jail for sodomy. He is appealing against the decision at the Federal Court.

Earlier, PKR election committee director Datuk Johari Abdul announced that there was no latest withdrawal to the presidency and deputy presidency contests.

However, Penang PKR chief Datuk Mansor Othman has pulled out from the vice-­presidency race, reducing the number of candidates to 14.

The PKR election will take place nationwide from April 26 until May 11.

Meanwhile, Anwar said the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly report that said he could solve the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 "in one second" if he were the prime minister had wrongly translated his comments.

What he meant was that he would have taken immediate action to address the situation, he clarified.

"Two issues I would address would be to protect national security and disseminate information to the people in a transparent way," he said.

However, he stressed that questioning how the Government handled the matter did not mean that he did not appreciate efforts being made to recover the plane which went missing on March 8 after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

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