Anwar in no rush to get back into Parliament


PETALING JAYA - There are no plans to get PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim back in Parliament when it convenes next month.

"It will not be this coming parliament session, maybe after that," Anwar told reporters after attending a closed door gathering with PKR assemblymen and parliamentarians here today. (Wednesday).

He said that discussions on his return as a lawmaker will only be held two months after the Hari Raya festivities and scheduled trips abroad.

Asked if his wife PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail would give up her Pandan parliament seat for him to contest, Anwar said he refused when offered.

"She (Dr Wan Azizah) offered her seat to me, but it would be impractical as she will have to quit her Cabinet post prematurely.

"I have no intention for a cabinet post. If I win, I'm comfortable being just a normal backbencher," he said.

Anwar said that being a backbencher would give him the freedom to engage in other activities including speaking at universities locally and abroad.

On May 16, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V granted Anwar a royal pardon with regard to his conviction for sodomy in 2015.

The pardon paved the way for Anwar's return to Parliament as a lawmaker.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that Parliament will convene this coming July 16.

Anwar a free man after royal pardon

  • Jailed Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim was granted a full pardon on Wednesday and walked free from a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, capping dramatic changes in the Southeast Asian country since the government was ousted in an election upset last week.
  • In his first press conference since his release at his residence in Segambut on Wednesday (May 16), Anwar said that he was only back as a citizen.
  • "I'll be taking time off to give a series of talks in Harvard, Georgetown and a few Muslim countries," said Anwar.
  • "I've given my assurance to Mahathir and Azizah that I'm here as a concerned citizen, with complete support for them manage the affairs of the country," he said.
  • Anwar also said that as premier, Dr Mahathir had the prerogative to form the Cabinet, but added that the Prime Minister had given him assurance that he would consult party leaders before deciding on its composition.
  • Mr Anwar Ibrahim (centre) speaking to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the palace, where he has been granted an audience with the King at noon.
  • Police directing traffic as Mr Anwar's convoy leaves for the palace.
  • Anwar Ibrahim greeting his supporters after being released from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018.
  • A poster of Mr Anwar by one of his supporters outside the hospital.
  • Mr Anwar Ibrahim and wife Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail leaving Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Mr Anwar Ibrahim making his way home after his release from Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Anwar Ibrahim arrives at his house following his release from hospital
  • Mr Anwar Ibrahim arrives home after he was released from Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Journalists and supporters of jailed former opposition leader and current federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrive at his home after his release from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018.