Saying that there was no way Barisan could predict the outcome, Najib added that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had obviously made his calculations by standing in his previous constituency.
On Thursday, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced she had resigned from her Permatang Pauh MP’s post to make way for Anwar to contest in a by-election there,
Malaysiakini report below:
"We have to be realistic. Its going to be a tough constituency, but we'll do our best," Najib told a press conference after a function in Kuala Lumpur today.
Najib and Anwar have been involved in a protracted political fued which is bound to heat up as the deputy premier is most likely going to lead Barisan's campaign on the PKR leader's home turf.
Traditionally the deputy premier will head BN's election campaigns in all by-elections.
"Anything can happen in a by-election," said Najib, adding that Anwar had obviously stacked the odds in his favour by contesting in his former constituency.
Both Najib and Anwar are self-declared prime minister hopefuls but both are dogged by criminal allegations - which both typically reject as being political assassinations.
Najib said that Anwar was using the by-election instead of availing other channels to expunge his name from sodomy allegations made by a former aide.
“Anwar has decided to take it to the people (despite) having the opportunity to clear his name using the processes available to him.
The accusations were made by his staff and not the government,” he said.
He added that Barisan leadership would be meeting soon to decide on a candidate. – Malaysiakini .