M’sia’s Anwar eyes return to parliament in by-election

KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA’S opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim said on Sunday that he aims to return to parliament for the first time in a decade later this year if a court orders a by-election near his home town.

A high court in Kedah state will hear a challenge on August 19 asking it to invalidate the result in a seat that was won by his Keadilan party in March 8 general elections.

Datuk Seri Anwar told AFP that if the court declares the result null and void he will contest the ensuing by-election.

‘My plan is to contest in the Kulim-Bandar Baharu seat. I am optimistic of victory,’ he told AFP.

‘The constituency neighbours my hometown of Permatang Pauh in Penang. I am familiar with the locals there.’

A return to parliament would be a next step in the political rehabilitation of Mr Anwar, who was sacked as deputy premier in 1998 and later jailed on sodomy and corruption charges.

The sex conviction was overturned but the corruption count barred him from public office until April.

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