PETALING JAYA: The NewGen Party has decided to withdraw from Kajang by-election and throw its support to PKR’s newly named candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Its secretary-general S Gobi Krishnan said the decision had to be made after deliberating various issues, including a conviction of PKR supremo Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the sodomy charges by the Court of Appeal.
This was despite the party having selected a candidate to represent them in the by-election to be held on March 23.
“While we respect the court’s decision, we feel that the decision does not serve the best interest of justice,” he said in a statement on Monday.
“As such, NewGen Party has also decided to throw its fullest support to the candidate chosen to represent PKR, which is Wan Azizah, even though we do feel that they could have chosen a younger candidate,” he added.
Gobi Krishnan however said that the support was only on an adhoc basis and must not be construed as giving blanket support to Pakatan Rakyat.
“As mentioned before, we work based on issues and policies and will support good issues and policies of both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan.
“We also wish to apologise to all members and supporters for this decision which was taken at the best interest of the party and the rakyat,” he added.
PKR had to choose a new candidate replacing Anwar as he was no longer eligible to contest due to the conviction.
With NewGen Party’s withdrawal, the Kajang by-election looks almost certain to be a straight fight between Wan Azizah and BN’s Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun of MCA.
On Sunday, former Umno and PKR leader Datuk Zaid Ibrahim had also withdrawn his candidacy.