GEORGE TOWN – Penang PKR admitted that it was not ready for another by-election in Permatang Pauh.
Penang PKR vice-president Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said this was because the party was confident that the elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is also PKR de facto leader, would be freed from the charge of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Abdul Malik, who is also the Penang PKR election director, said all the parties preparations made before this had been for the 14th general elections.
“Now, we have to prepare ourselves to face the Permatang Pauh by-election and we are confident that we can retain the majority we had secured in the last election,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Last Tuesday, Anwar failed in his final appeal at the Federal Court on the conviction of sodomising Mohd Saiful on June 26, 2008, and the panel of judges headed by Chief Justice Tun Ariffin Zakaria upheld the five-year jail sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal.
The verdict automatically disqualified Anwar, 67, as Permatang Pauh MP. – Bernama