‘I made right choice in choosing PD’

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PORT DICKSON ― The decision to choose Port Dickson as the place for him to contest and return to Parliament is a right one, said PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“After meeting the people from all levels of the society during the campaign since Sept 29, I can feel that my presence here has been well-received by the local community.

“I have been campaigning in the Malay areas, the Malay and Chinese fishermen areas, the Indian estates, and earlier yesterday (on Tuesday), I was at a takzirah at a mosque and many people came,” he said during a ceramah in Lukut on Wednesday night.

“I have campaigned as an opposition for a long time, and now in the government. I have never seen the spirit of the Malays like this, and the Chinese don’t look at me as a Malay but as a friend.”

Anwar thanked the local community, including leaders and the party machinery, for helping him in the by-election.

“I appreciate the support, including the presence of (prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. To the voters, I cannot promise much but I will give the best for you,” Anwar added.

The Port Dickson by-election tomorrow will be a seven-cornered fight involving Anwar, PAS candidate Lt Col (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar, and five independent candidates, including former Negri Sembilan menteri besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad and Anwar’s former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

The by-election was called after its incumbent MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah vacated the seat on Sept 12 to make way for Anwar to return to the Dewan Rakyat.

In the May 9 general election, Danyal Balagopal, 68, won the seat with a majority of 17,710 votes against BN’s Datuk V.S. Mogan and Mahfuz Roslan from PAS. — Bernama