KUALA LUMPUR: PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu has ruled himself out of the running to contest the upcoming Permatang Pauh by-election.
“This is a Keadilan seat and we will give our 100% support to them,” he said at the #BatalGST press conference here yesterday.
He added that he was PAS’ director for the by-election.
The Election Commission will convene a special meeting tomorrow regarding the by-election.
The seat was declared vacant after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was disqualified as a Member of Parliament since March 16 following the Pardons Board’s decision.
A petition for a royal pardon by Anwar’s family over his conviction for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan was rejected by the Pardons Board.
A pro-Pakatan Rakyat blogger had suggested that Mohamad Sabu contest the seat instead of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also Anwar’s wife.
Mohamad Sabu, however, said that PAS would contest the Rompin by-election following the death of Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis in a helicopter crash on Saturday.
“We hope Pakatan will give us their support in the by-election.”
As for contesting the deputy president post in the upcoming PAS elections, Mohamad Sabu said he had yet to make a decision.