PETALING JAYA: The Kajang by-election will be a battle between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional candidates, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, dismissing the independent candidates who have thrown their hats into the ring.
He said that while he did not underestimate any of the candidates, Pakatan needed to be realistic and acknowledge that Barisan would be the one to beat.
Anwar pointed out that once Barisan finally decided on its candidate, its machinery would go full-fledged into holding a massive by-election campaign.
“I think the battle will be with the Barisan candidate, and the issue is what the Barisan candidate would have to say,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Former minister Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim announced last Sunday that he would join the fray in Kajang, standing as an independent to protect healthy politics and uphold the people’s mandate given to Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Mentri Besar.
Others who have announced their intention to contest in Kajang include 1980s dangdut singer Herman Tino, Malaysian Indian United Party president Datuk S. Nallakaruppan and Anwar’s former legal aide Yuktes Vijay.
When asked to respond to Mohd Zaid’s statement that he was the more credible leader, Anwar said he would leave it to the wisdom of the Kajang voters to decide who they want to represent them.
“I have never said that I am invincible or over-confident. Otherwise, I would not be seen there every other day. I am realistic enough to acknowledge that the decision will be made by the voters,” he said.
He added that he had no reason to doubt unity within the Pakatan coalition, as the PAS, DAP and PKR machinery was all out in force for the March 23 by-election.
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