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'Not very safe' for Anwar to dive into PD, suggests S'gor MB

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After a three-year hiatus, Anwar Ibrahim is now preparing to return to Parliament and he has picked the popular coastal town of Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan as his springboard.

However, Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari has warned that the currents pose a risk and the PKR president-elect could drown.

He described Port Dickson as not a “very safe seat”.

Amirudin, who is known to be close to PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, said this was based on Port Dickson’s past elections and questioned if this was deliberated before the decision was made.

According to him, factors such as the winning possibility and ratio of the area as well as the collective opinion of party members should have been taken into consideration.

“This is what I hope will be discussed after this to ensure everyone's opinion is taken into account, and it does seem like a hushed decision (secara senyap),” he was quoted as saying by Star Online.

Amirudin was speaking to reporters after attending the Selangor exco meeting which was held for the first time at the Sepang Land and District office.

The menteri besar, however, stressed that it is the responsibility of PKR members to ensure their president-elect wins the by-election.

“No one can or should question our responsibility to assist in the by-election.

"However, these processes need to be fine-tuned and looked into seriously for future events to ensure everyone is taken into account,” he said, adding this would prevent members from being caught by surprise by such announcements.

On Wednesday, PKR's Danyal Balagopal Abdullah announced that he would vacate the Port Dickson seat to allow Anwar to contest in the by-election and return to Parliament.

In the May 9 general election, Danyal won the seat with 36, 225 votes while MIC's V Mogan came in second with 18,515 votes. This was followed by PAS' Mahfuz Roslan with 6,594 votes.

Port Dickson has a total of 75,212 voters, with Malay voters forming the majority, followed by Chinese and Indians.

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