DPM: Not nepotism if rakyat vote for us

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PETALING JAYA — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday dismissed claims of nepotism within Pakatan Harapan should her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim win the Port Dickson by-election.

Questioned by reporters, Dr Wan Azizah saw it as a non-issue that she and daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar will likely be joined by another immediate family member in Parliament.

“Is there a problem? Because I thought we were voted by the rakyat,” she replied when met after an official visit to OrphanCare here.

Dr Wan Azizah said Anwar was previously denied his right to sit in the Dewan Rakyat when he was jailed for 11 years.

The outgoing PKR president said the timing now is right, despite the backlash received following the announcement of the so-called Port Dickson move.

“It’s a good time and he still wants to contribute. He was denied the chance of being in Parliament. It was taken away.

“He’s been in jail for 11 years now … What do you mean? And you want to talk about impatience?” she scoffed when questioned by reporters on the public response to Anwar’s decision to contest in Port Dickson now instead of waiting for the next general election.

PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the decision to vacate the Port Dickson parliamentary seat to make way for Anwar was made at a party political bureau meeting.

He denied claims by some quarters the decision was made “without a meeting”.

“The meeting is held every Tuesday at 8.30pm. Did we discuss the matter? Yes and it was decided at the political bureau meeting,” he told a press conference after the National Intellectual Property Award 2018 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.