Anwar gives no explanation for 'Kajang move' in campaign speech
In his first campaign speech since joining a controversial by-election in Selangor, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim sidestepped growing calls to explain his decision and maintained that it was merely a move to fend off a fierce challenge from the ruling party.
Mr Anwar also praised Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim's stellar performance in managing the state, despite widespread talk that the by-election for the Kajang seat was an elaborate move by him to oust Mr Khalid from office.
"Does this Kajang move imply that MB Khalid has failed as MB? My answer is a categorical 'no'," Mr Anwar told a packed town hall here. "His experience in lifting Selangor to greater heights must be upheld and continued".
The opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition wrested Selangor from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in the 2008 elections. Mr Anwar, who is Selangor's economic adviser, said the opposition had to be fortified politically against a more aggressive effort by the ruling coalition to retake the state.