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Anwar's choice of safe seat reveals party cracks

Talk of rumblings in PKR over pick of Port Dickson parliamentary seat

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Malaysia's most famous political prisoner, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, has picked a safe seat to contest as he maps his return to Parliament and eventual ascent to become the country's eighth prime minister.

While he was not short of options, with many Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) loyalists offering to vacate their seats for him, his choice of Port Dickson has rankled some constituents and exposed fissures within his own party.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2018, with the headline Anwar's choice of safe seat reveals party cracks. Subscribe