Barisan National will not give PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim an easy run by not placing a candidate at the Permatang Pauh by-election, said the deputy Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak, according to a report by Malaysiakini.
Abdul Latiff had said: "If the leadership insists on contesting (in Permatang Pauh), I suggest we put an accounts supervisor or a local divisional member.
"There is support for Barisan but not enough," he was quoted as saying in today's ewspapers.
If BN was to give a walkover, the election commission would also save money, Abdul Latiff reasoned.
"It's not about only winning or losing but BN must present a choice to the Permatang Pauh voters," said Najib after closing the Umno Wanita "Meet the Leaderhip" meeting today.
He said that the BN supreme council will discuss at its meeting on Wednesday on a suitable candidate for the seat.
The seat fell vacant following Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's decision to relinquish it to allow her husband to contest Malaysiakini