SUNGAI PETANI, 27 March 2009: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today advised voters in the Bukit Selambau state constituency not to vote for any independent candidate in the by-election on 7 April.
He said the anticipated large number of independent candidates, possibly up to 13 in all, could cause the voters to make a wrong choice.
“We have to take into account the agenda of the candidate, his/her party, the sponsor, etc. We have to know all these, and not blindly support any candidate,” he said when approached after a meeting with voters at the Yayasan Aman, here.
Anwar said a large number of independent candidates would not dampen the spirit of the PKR which, he added, viewed the competition in a positive light.
The by-election is being held following the resignation of PKR state assemblyperson V Arumugam last month.
PKR is to field new face S Manikumar as its candidate. The Barisan Nasional (BN) has announced Datuk S Ganesan, the Kedah MIC deputy chairperson, as its candidate. Nomination is on 29 March. — Bernama