Anwar eligible to contest in PD polls, says AG

  • Nation
  • Friday, 28 Sep 2018

PETALING JAYA: Attorney General Tommy Thomas has confirmed that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is eligible to contest in the Port Dickson by-election.  

This follows a letter dated Sept 21 signed by Thomas, saying that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had granted a “full pardon” (pengampunan penuh) to Anwar.  

“Accordingly, by virtue of Article 48(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution, Datuk Seri Anwar is not disqualified from standing as a candidate for the forthcoming by-election for the Port Dickson constituency,” the letter stated.  

Lawyer-activist Siti Kasim had queried on the PKR president-elect’s status.  

Siti had urged the AG to state whether Anwar’s release in May this year was due a commutation of his five-year jail sentence, or a royal pardon by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, as recommended by the Parole Board.  

In her Facebook page on Thursday (Sept 27), she posted a photo of the letter.  

“I just checked in my hotel then I saw my daughter's message that a package from the AG's Chamber arrived. So, there you go folks! He can run for the Port Dickson by-election,” she said in her post.  

The Port Dickson by-election on Oct 13 is expected to see a five-cornered fight between Pakatan Harapan, PAS, Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and two independent candidates - Stevie Chan Keng Leong and Tan Sri Isa Samad.  

PAS will field retired Lieutenant Colonel Mohd Nazari Mokhtar, who had served in the Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) for 28 years, while PRM will field Ahmad Kamaruddin, who formerly led the Kapar PKR Youth wing between 2011 and 2014.  

Nomination has been set for Sept 29.

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