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Anwar should 'come home' to Penang, says lawmaker

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PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim's bid to return to Parliament should take place in Penang, the state in which he was born and raised, said incoming Bukit Bendera PKR division leader Jason Ong.

"He should come back to contest in Penang, (and not) consider Kedah or anywhere else, as Penang is his hometown and all his diehard supporters are still here," Ong said in a statement today.

Anwar was born in the town of Cherok Tok Kun, south of Bukit Mertajam.

Throughout his political career, he was elected six times as the MP for the nearby constituency of Permatang Pauh, which was also represented by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail four times, and by his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar since the May polls.

Ong said Anwar had suffered for the past two decades and he should maintain Penang as his base.

"From being framed in 1998 to his royal pardon, Anwar has never lost faith in us, Malaysians.

"Now, Anwar will depend on us to elect him into Parliament, so that he may rightfully become the eighth prime minister.

"That is why Penang is most suitable, as Penangites will definitely not fail him," said Ong (photo).

Anwar has repeatedly stated that he expects to be re-elected to Parliament by the end of the year.

So far, several PKR MPs have offered to resign and pave the way for a by-election. However, no MP from Penang, including Nurul Izzah, has pledged to do so.

Wan Azizah, who is currently representing Pandan and is the deputy prime minister, has also said she will not give up her seat.

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