By AUDREY EDWARDS and FLORENCE A. SAMY
PETALING JAYA: The sodomy charge against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will not derail his plans to contest in the upcoming Permatang Pauh by-election.
Anwar said he was looking forward to the campaigning period to meet voters in his home constituency.
The de facto PKR leader reiterated his concern over the integrity of the electoral process where, to date, evidence of phantom voters and “ballot box stuffing” had yet to be addressed by the Election Commission.
“The poor handling of the use of indelible ink in the general election gives all Malaysians, particularly those in Permatang Pauh, reason to be concerned about the conduct of polling this month,” he said in a statement read out during a press conference at the PKR headquarters here yesterday.
Anwar urged the commission to take the opportunity of the by-election to restore some credibility to its reputation.
When asked whether the charges would affect voting in Permatang Pauh, he said it was the decision of the voters in the constituency, adding that the rakyat had been following the case closely and knew all the “tricks”.
His focus during the campaign would be on change and the economy.
“God willing, we will win in Permatang Pauh. God willing, we will win convincingly. I look forward to joining my colleagues in Parliament to prepare for the historic transition that the country is eagerly awaiting,” he said. [more]
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