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Azmin Confident PAS Will Not Boycott Permatang Pauh By-Election

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KLANG – PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali is confident its coalition partner, PAS will not boycott the Permatang Pauh by-election as it has been receiving cooperation from the party for the by-election.

He said this is proven through the presence of PAS and DAP top leaderships to pledge their open support for PKR to assure victory for the coalition of the three parties.

“The support of coalition partners is very reassuring. When launching the Permatang Pauh by-election three nights ago, we saw the presence of the top leaderships of PAS and DAP openly pledging to ensure the victory of PR,” he told reporters after officiating the groundbreaking ceremony and launch of Rumah Selangorku at Karya Residensi, here today.

Azmin, who is also the Selangor Menteri Besar, was commenting on media reports that the launching ceremony of PKR machinery for the Permatang Pauh by-election on Tuesday was held without the involvement of PAS top leadership.

PAS only sent its Muslimat chief Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff, Penang deputy commissioner Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Permatang Pasir state assemblyman Datuk Mohd Salleh Man.

On the other hand, the occasion was attended by PKR top leaders and DAP secretary general, Lim Guan Eng.

In this regard, Mohamed Azmin brushed aside allegations of Permatang Pauh PAS information chief Jamsari Samad that PKR could face silent protests from voters including PAS, if the party insisted on nominating PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Was Ismail or her other family member as candidate for the by-election.

“This is only the voice of individuals”, he said, adding that the PKRcandidate for the seat has been identified and declined to comment further.

The by-election was called following the decision of the Pardons Board to reject a petition for a royal pardon by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim via his family members causing Anwar to lose his eligibility as MP.

Anwar is now serving a five-year sentence for sodomising his personal assistant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

The Election Commission set the nomination of candidate for Permatang Pauh on next Saturday and polling day on May 7. – BERNAMA

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