Confirmed: Anwar to contest Port Dickson parliamentary seat

PETALING JAYA: Incoming PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will contest the Port Dickson seat in Negri Sembilan to make his grand return to Parliament.

This was announced by Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, the current PKR MP for Port Dickson to reporters during a press conference held at PKR's headquarters in Merchant Square on Wednesday (Sept 12).

Present during the press conference was incumbent PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution, Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul and Wangsa Maju MP Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew.

Danyal will be vacating his seat to pave way for another by-election to take place.

The incoming by-election, triggered by Danyal's exit, will be the fourth held since GE14, following Sungai Kandis and the recently concluded Balakong and Seri Setia polls on Sept 8.

This announcement also puts to end immense speculation over which seat Anwar would be contesting, as top party sources have previously short listed three seats namely Sungai Petani, Alor Setar and Port Dickson.

Danyal, a former naval officer, previously said he supported PKR since 2008, but is believed to have officially joined the party as a member just recently, according to party sources.

He also previously said that his choice to contest the Port Dickson seat in GE14, was an eleventh hour decision made by top party leaders.

On Tuesday, The Star, quoting top party sources, reported that Anwar already picked a seat, which is the Port Dickson parliamentary constituency.

In the 14th General Election, Danyal won the Port Dickson seat with 36,225 votes while VS Mogan of Barisan Nasional tallied 18,515 votes and PAS' Mahfuz Roslan garnered 6,594 votes. This gave Danyal a comfortable majority of 17, 710 votes.


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