The frantic calls the sms has barely died down when it was confirmed at Malaysiakini portal http://www1.malaysiakini.com/news/87047 and other mainstream media that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has resigned as Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament to make way for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest in a by-election.
At a packed press conference at the party headquarters on Thursday, Dr Wan Azizah said the decision was made after deliberations with her family, the PKR leadership and its partners in the Pakatan Rakyat loose coalition of Opposition parties.
Only yesterday we had written a report:Mustahil! Anwar’s return to Parliament. A hour in politics is a long time but a day should be longer.The fluidity,events which are cropping up and circumstances Anwar finds this is the only way to tell the Government “Challenge me in my own backyard” Would BN use all its expertise to go all out or find other ways to derail Anwars machinery..? We said earlier,”Anwar wants to return to Parliament so he says through a by-election. Will those in power especially in the BN allow it? Surely and truthfully NO..NO..NO… Today Anwar says YES…YES…YES..
Dr.Azizah has handed her resignation to the House Speaker. She also thanked her supporters in Permatang Pauh who had stood by her in the most difficult of times. She said not because she is my husband but the consideration is that the seat has been under Anwar and recently Dr.Azizah since 1982. Also she said that Anwar Ibrahim has the experience and intelligence to reinvigorate our economy, and the charisma and integrity to unite Malaysian.
In an immediate reaction, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, speaking at a different press conference, said: “A loving wife would no nothing better”. So what comes next..?
The Election Commission is required under the law to call for a by-election within 60 days.Its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the Commission would start preparing for the by-election upon receiving notice from the Speaker. If there are no more conspiracy theories and no more distractions all of Malaysia would be focussing on the by-election dates and the candidates. We shall see as anything is possible as we say in MALAYSIABOLEHLAND……..