Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Anwar to be sworn in as MP tomorrow

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is set to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament two days after a landslide by-election win marked his return to mainstream politics after a 10-year hiatus.

Anwar, was returned to his former constituency after he won a decisive victory in the Permatang Pauh Parliamentary by-election yesterday.

Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia said Anwar will be formally sworn in as a Member of Parliament tomorrow (Thursday).

Here’s a report from

Anwar to be sworn in tomorrow
Aug 27, 08 10:20am

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia announced this morning that Anwar Ibrahim, the new member of parliament for Permatang Pauh, will be sworn in tomorrow.

Anwar makes his return to the House in grand style after an absence of 10 years by winning the Permatang Pauh by-election yesterday with a majority of 15,671.

The de facto PKR leader is also expected to be appointed parliamentary opposition leader for the 81 Pakatan Rakyat MPs.

"The parliament speaker has said Anwar will be sworn in as an MP on Thursday," said Tian Chua, information chief of PKR, which leads the three-member alliance.

"We will all be there to welcome Anwar as the leader of the opposition and the parliament will be very different with his voice," said Tian, who is MP for Batu.

"It is a real morale boost for the Pakatan Rakyat in Parliament."

All eyes now on Sept 16

Anwar yesterday won the by-election in his old constituency of Permatang Pauh with a thumping majority, despite claims of a "dirty tricks" campaign mounted by the ruling coalition to sideline him.

The 61-year-old opposition leader spent six years in jail before the sodomy conviction was overturned in 2004. But he now faces new sodomy charges levelled by a former aide which he says have been concocted by the government.

Anwar has said that the Pakatan Rakyat will be able to form the next government by Sept 16.

He needs to secure the support of 30 government defectors in order to topple the coalition.

He told Malaysiakini two weeks ago that one of his first task as Opposition leader was to reconnect with those government MPs who had indicated their willingness to defect.

"The prime thing is to get back in contact with those MPs that have given their word that they would support (Pakatan) when I return to Parliament."


sukj said...

Salam Kak Maria,

Boleh kita tengok bagaimana DSAI akan beri tunjuk ajar kepada Pak Lah dan Datuk Najib... macam mana nak jadi PM dan TPM?

Zawi said...

Kak Ton,
He will be in time to debate on the coming budget which will be tabled by the PM. The government is feeling the heat now should there be really some defections to the opposition side. Some people will become instantly become rich soon by just indicating that they are switching sides.

zarak homaideen said...

Tahniah kepada semua! Kita semua akan menikmati cerita putar alam dari Anwar lebih dari dulu selepas ini. Semoga kekecohan dan cerita fitnah tuduh menuduh akan lebih hebat!Tahniah!

zaitgha said...

Kak Ton,

Wonder if really the corrupts and liars would be just as prevalent if not what Pak Zawi commented earlier.....

but what i want to see if ever DSAI would asked the government to review and reduce the petrol price, just heard the news that they are going to imposed surcharged on buses starting 15 far the oil price issue that i really want to see out of the many promises DSAI and PR made....lets wait and see...