Anwar Ibrahim wins bypoll to complete return to Malaysia’s frontline politics

Pakatan Harapan supporters gather in Port Dickson for the post-election event

Pakatan Harapan supporters gather in Port Dickson for the post-election event

Anwar was in prison when he forged an unlikely alliance with Mahathir in a bid to unseat then-prime minister Najib Razak, who had called elections for May amid massive corruption allegations.

"What is astounding to me is that we have managed to garner favourable support from all ethnic groups", he told reporters at Pakatan's operations centre on Saturday (Oct 13).

Anwar, who is also PKR president-elect, said that votes from Malaysian Armed Forces personnel which had previously been less favourable to PH also witnessed a surge of nearly 122 per cent from the last general election.

The Port Dickson by-election saw a seven-cornered fight among Anwar, his former aide Saiful Bukhari, former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Isa Samad, PAS' Mohd Nazari Mokhtar, and three independent candidates.

"Of course, I would like to return my appreciation to Port Dickson, a new parliamentary constituency for me, and I am very impressed by this support".

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who won the Port Dickson by-election with a higher majority, said he is pleased and humbled by the results.

"When he won with a bigger majority than mine, it reflects the people's support for him, our next prime minister".

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Mr Anwar also thanked all the parties within the Pakatan coalition for assisting him in his election campaign.

But the charismatic politician is expected to eke out an easy win in the seat, which was vacated after a member of the ruling coalition stepped down to pave for Anwar's return.

"I will continue to serve as a member of parliament and assist other friends especially senior members of parliament such as Lim Kit Siang to formulate reforms and hold forums as well as discussions with ministers from time to time", he said.

Azmin, who is also the PKR deputy president, is fighting to defend his position against party strategist and former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli.

"Even the two state assembly areas which we lost in the last GE14, we have managed to win with a convincing majority", he said. "I am confident the partnership of the two leaders will have a positive impact on the people and the country".

Asked to comment on the Selangor PKR leadership election taking place today, Azmin only said to respect the "due processes".

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