Sworn in, Anwar is Opposition Leader - Malaysiakini
Aug 28, 08 10:19am
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is officially parliamentary opposition leader.
The newly-elected Permatang Pauh MP was sworn in this morning at the Dewan Rakyat.
Anwar arrived at Parliament at 8.55am and took his oath at 10.05am immediately after prayer recitals in the House.
Soon after, he took the seat reserved for the parliamentary opposition leader, vacated by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The opposition leader's seat is directly opposite the prime minister's seat in the 222-member Parliament.
Anwar was declared leader of the opposition, a decade after he was sacked as deputy premier and jailed on sodomy and corruption charges.
He came to Parliament together with Wan Azizah, who held his Permatang Pauh seat during his political exile, and his daughter Nurul Izzah, who is also parliamentarian for Lembah Pantai.
"I hope the member for Permatang Pauh will contribute to the proceedings of this House. I am satisfied he has been unanimously appointed leader of the opposition," said speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia. -Malaysiakini