NIBONG TEBAL: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim denies thinking of contesting the Ampang parliamentary seat in the upcoming 15th General Election (GE15).
The PKR president said he has not announced any intention to contest in Ampang and rebutted former party ally Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, who claimed Anwar was afraid of contesting in Malay majority seats.
"I have never announced contesting the Ampang seat," he said during a press conference after attending the gathering of Wanita PKR at Bandar Cassia here on Sunday (Sept 25).
The Port Dickson MP described Rashid's real intention as aimed at helping Ampang MP Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin.
Anwar added that it was not an issue for him to contest in any seat because he leads a multiracial party and had never promoted the party as Malay and Islam-centric unlike Bersatu or Umno.
Rashid, who is also a Perikatan Nasional exco member, had, in a statement on Saturday (Sept 24), said that Anwar was aiming to contest in Ampang in GE15 because he was afraid to face the Malay voters in Port Dickson.
He reportedly said that Malay voters already knew to evaluate the failure of the Pakatan Harapan government during its 22-month reign as the federal government.
He had said that Pakatan now realised that it can only rely on Chinese votes in the upcoming GE15.
He also questioned Anwar's reasons for picking Ampang, which is a mixed seat that only had 51% Malay voters and 32% Chinese voters.