Malaysia GE13: Anwar to announce seat decision tonight
PERMATANG PAUH (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he will announce on Friday night the seat he will be contesting in.
But he remained coy about confirming widespread speculation that he was going to contest in Perak.
He said he will make the announcement at a rally in Seberang Jaya on mainland Penang.
He said he needed to meet his supporters in his current seat Permatang Pauh to explain why he was not contesting here as they have been with him through good and difficult times.
He also said he was "heavy hearted" to move from Permatang Pauh as he has been here since 1982.
Asked if he was going to contest a seat in Perak, he said "tengok dulu" (let's see).
"Rationally, the strategy is to boost the support there (Perak). It's a mixed area there.
"We have (Pas spiritual leader) Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat in Kelantan, (DAP secretary general) Lim Guan Eng in Penang and (DAP adviser) Lim Kit Siang in Johor," he told reporters at a mosque here.
He was scheduled to attend a meeting with PKR, DAP and Pas leaders to discuss candidacy issues at 3.30pm but declined to reveal where the meeting would be held.
When asked about his wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's role in the coming election, Datuk Seri Anwar said she was keen to serve the people and assist in campaigning but not keen to be a candidate.
He also urged police to look into cases where protesters caused disturbances at Pakatan's rallies and to take action against those responsible.