Anwar's second daughter might contest in by-election

Anwar's second daughter might contest in by-election
Nurul Nuha (left) having a word with her sister Nurul Izzah at the press conference.

KUALA LUMPUR - Speculation is rife that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's second daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar will be the candidate for the Permatang Pauh by-election.

Talk of her candidacy was fuelled yesterday when it was announced that Nurul Nuha would be the face of the "March to Freedom" campaign to free her father.


Nurul Nuha, who addressed the media for the second time since 1998, said she was taking up the struggle to free the PKR leader while also creating awareness on the state of the nation's judiciary.

"As his children, we will take over his mantle and continue his struggle, hopes and ambition.

"These 17 years have been an emotional roller coaster. We do not know how long this struggle will continue, but we will be with our father till the end," she said before breaking down in tears at an emotionally charged press conference.

Nurul Nuha, a mother of two who works from home as a 3D graphic designer, said the campaign would also reach out to Malaysians abroad while seeking pressure from international bodies to free Anwar.

"'March to Freedom' is that struggle. A struggle to free our father from unjust incarceration and give voice to Malaysians who have suffered injustice in our country," she said.

The 31-year-old Nurul Nuha was joined by her sisters, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah, Nurul Ilham, Nurul Iman and Nurul Hana and brother Ihsan. Relatives and several PKR MPs were also present.

Nurul Izzah had to console her younger sister twice when she broke down.

Asked why PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was not present, Nurul Izzah said that it was time for her other siblings to come forward to face issues.

"We, her children, are now adults.

"Nurul Nuha was only a child in 1998 and now she needs to be more active," she said.

On whether this meant Nurul Nuha would be PKR's candidate for the Permatang Pauh by-election, Nurul Izzah refused to comment, saying that an announcement would be made after the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meeting tomorrow.

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