Anwar Ibrahim telah menamakan Timbalan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang I, Datuk Mansor Othman sebagai calon PKR bagi kerusi parlimen Nibong Tebal.
Kerusi itu dimenangi oleh Tan Tee Beng dalam pilihan raya umum 2008 tetapi keluar PKR setahun kemudiannya untuk menjadi wakil rakyat bebas.
Tan, yang merupakan bekas pemimpin Pemuda Gerakan, kemudiannya menyertai parti KITA tetapi dipecat daripada parti awal tahun ini. KITA ditubuhkan oleh bekas pemimpin PKR, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.
Bercakap dalam ceramah yang dihadiri kira-kira 2,000 di Sungai Udang malam tadi, Anwar memohon maaf kerana beliau yang memilih Tan bertanding di situ, sambill menambah, kali ini parti itu memilih seorang yang telah teruji dan berpengalaman.
Mansor mungkin berdepan dengan pengerusi Umno Pulau Pinang, Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman, yang tewas hilang kerusi itu kepada Tan dengan majoriti 3,087 undi pada 2008.
"Oleh kerana kita akan berdepan dengan ketua Umno negeri, maka kita akan hantar ketua PKR negeri, Datuk Mansor, untuk bertanding di sini," kata Anwar disambut tepukan gemuruh hadirin.
"Kita mahu Datuk Mansor membantu kita apabila kita menang Putrajaya dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang."
Mansor bertanding dua kerusi?
Dengan Mansor, yang merupakan ADUN Penanti, bertanding kerusi Parlimen, maka tidak jelas sama ada beliau akan digugurkan sebagai timbalan ketua menteri sekiranya Pakatan mempertahankan Pulau Pinang.
Bagaimanapun, bekas pensyarah universiti itu boleh bertanding di dua kerusi - mempertahankan DUN Penanti serta untuk merampas kembali Tebal Nibong.
Mansor baru-baru ini terbabit dalam kontroversi apabila rakaman audio sat mesyuarat tertutup dibocorkan dalam sebuah blog dan kemudiannya disiarkan di TV3.
Audio mesyuarat pada bulan Mac di kalangan beberapa pemimpin PKR tempatan mendedahkan Mansor menggambarkan Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng sebagai sombong, angkuh dan "tokong".
Pemimpin lain yang berucap di ceramah malam tadi termasuk Lim, Mansor, timbalan ketua PKR negeri, Law Choo Kiang dan ketua Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia, Badrul Hisham Shaharin.- malaysiakini
PAS sudah sedia perintah Malaysia bersama Pakatan Rakyat
Penang DCM Mansor to contest Nibong Tebal...
Anwar Ibrahim has named Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mansor Othman as PKR's candidate for the Nibong Tebal parliamentary seat.
The seat was won by Tan Tee Beng at the 2008 general election but soon fell out with PKR and quit the party a year later to become an independent MP.
Tan (right), who is a former state Gerakan Youth leader, subsequently joined Kita but was unceremoniously sacked from the party early this year. Kita was formed by another PKR defector, Zaid Ibrahim.
"I apologise for Tan as I chose him. This time we will choose someone who is tested and with experience," Anwar told the 2,000 crowd at a packed ceramah in Sungai Udang last night.
Mansor is likely to contest against state Umno chief Zainal Abidin Osman, who was Nibong Tebal MP. Zainal Abidin lost the seat to Tan by a 3,087 margin in 2008.
"Since we are facing the state Umno chief, we will send out state PKR chief Mansor to contest here," said Anwar as the crowd roared.
"We want Mansor to help us out when we win Putrajaya in the coming general election."
Will Mansor contest two seats?
With Mansor, who is Penanti state assemblyperson, going for a parliament seat, it is up in the air whether he would be dropped as deputy chief minister should Pakatan retain Penang.
However, the former university lecturer could be fielde in two seats - defend his Penanti state seat as well as to wrest back Nibong Tebal.
Mansor was recently embroiled in a controversy when a leaked audio recording of a closed-door meeting was first exposed in a blog and later aired on TV3.
The audio of the meeting held in March among several PKR local leaders revealed Mansor describing Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as cocky, arrogant and a "tokong" (deity).
Other leaders who spoke at last night's ceramah included Lim, Mansor, state PKR deputy chief Law Choo Kiang and Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin.- malaysiakini
PAS ready to rule M'sia with Pakatan, declares Hadi...
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang today declared at the party’s last muktamar before the general election that it is prepared to take federal power with its Pakatan Rakyat allies.
“PAS is ready to accept the responsibility as a component of the federal government or state governments together with Pakatan Rakyat in the next general election.
“We believe with the support of the rakyat and the PAS membership comprising of various areas of expertise along with technocrats that can work with a PAS and Pakatan Rakyat government, we are ready to fulfill a greater responsibility,” he said.
Abdul Hadi (left) added during his keynote speech at the 58th national PAS muktamar at the Pusat Islam Tarbiyah Kelantan in Kota Baru this morning that the party will continue to focus on common ground in upholding tahaluf siyasi (political consensus) with Pakatan Rakyat.
“PAS conducts tahaluf siyasi with an understanding that Pakatan Rakyat upholds the concept of commonality and not focus on differences,” he said.
He added that the party will uphold the coalition’s common policy framework under the banner of Buku Jingga.
“Other than pushing together with Pakatan Rakyat as outlined in the Buku Jingga, PAS would also like to expand its commitment to rectify the damage that has been inflicted on the nation if it is given the chance to hold Putrajaya,” he said.
He said that the coalition will unveil a specific manifesto at an appropriate time.
However, he reminded the 1,116 delegates present that even with this tahaluf siyasi with Pakatan Rakyat, they must abide by PAS’ constitution.
“This tahaluf siyasi should not make us lose sight of PAS members’ understanding towards the concept of Fiqh al-Taat (loyalty) to the party,” he said.
Striking a conciliatory tone, Abdul Hadi said PAS will not seek vengeance if it captures federal power.
“PAS’ commitment gives a guarantee that all levels of state and federal machinery will not be oppressed or taken revenge upon because they will execute the policies of the government of the day elected by the people,” he said.- malaysiakini