GEORGE TOWN, July 7 2018 : PKR Youth deputy chief, Dr Afif Bahardin has suggested that for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim contest the post of president at the party election, scheduled for August and September
Dr Afif said he believed that all PKR members would fully support Anwar to be party president.
“I think it is best for Anwar to contest in the election as this is the time for him to make an active comeback to the party and politics, become president and then the nation’s eighth prime minister,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Anwar’s wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, is currrently the PKR president.
After Anwar’s first release from prison, the PKR Congress in 2007 agreed to appoint Anwar as the de facto leader, as he was banned from being actively involved in politics because of his conviction.
However, he received a full pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agung just days after the 14th General Election in May, which allowed him to return to active politics.
Dr Afif, who is also chairman of the state Committee on Health, Agriculture and Agro-based Industries and Rural Development, said the forthcoming party election was also very important for PKR in that it had to position itself as a party of the ruling government.
He said PKR leaders must ensure that the party moved forward especially in the face of the country’s current political climate.
As for himself, Dr Afiff said that he had not made any decision on the post he wanted to contest. The deadline for the nomination of candidates (for the contest) is July 29.
“This election is important for PKR as it has to be seen as a party that’s in the forefront,” he said. – Bernama