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Ambiga: Wrong to engineer poll just for Anwar

Malay Mail logo Malay Mail 14/9/2018 Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (pic) says it is wrong and a betrayal to voters to force a by-election for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. ― Picture by Ham Abu Bakar © Provided by Malay Mail Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (pic) says it is wrong and a betrayal to voters to force a by-election for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. ― Picture by Ham Abu Bakar

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan criticised PKR today for forcing a by-election for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim through the resignation of one of its MPs, calling it wrong and a betrayal to voters.

The former Malaysian Bar president said the decision was a disservice both Port Dickson voters and the federal lawmaker who resigned.

“I feel sorry for the people, I feel sorry for him,” Ambiga told reporters here.

“I feel it is a disservice to the system of democracy.”

Ambiga was a member of the Institutional Reform Committee that pushed for electoral reforms.

She said she acknowledged Anwar's right to rejoin politics, but suggested it would have been more acceptable if either his wife of daughter had given up their seats instead.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is Pandan MP while his daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar, is the elected representative of his former Permatang Pauh seat.

“I have no issue with Anwar coming back he's entitled to do that but my understanding or the public had the understanding that one of the family members would give up (their seats),”she said.

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