KUALA LUMPUR: Former Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah will be contesting in the coming 14th General Election on a PKR ticket.
The Star Online reported that today’s announcement was made at a press conference held at PKR’s headquarters. Party vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar and Tian Chua, Wanita Chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, and Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah were present at the event.
“I think this is an important moment for us because having someone like Maria representing the civil society (will help) always ensure that the ideals of reform and our principles remain intact. This is really crucial in PKR’s tradition.
“When we first formed in 1999, we have always given room to and we were in turn boosted by, the presence of civil society leaders,” Nurul Izzah told reporters at the press conference.
However, PKR has not decided which parliamentary seat she will contest in.
Asked why she decided to change her decision to contest as an independent candidate, Maria said, “That still applies. I will still be using PKR logos and contesting in whichever seat PKR offers me”.
It had earlier been speculated that Maria was set to contest in the Petaling Jaya Selatan parliamentary seat, which is currently held by Hee Loy Sian, the two-term incumbent there.
Tian Chua said that the issue of whether Maria is a PKR member, or an independent candidate, does not arise at this point of time.
“I think we don’t want to go into all this terminology. The main issue is we want people to participate in the elections for change.
“Let’s deal with the elections now, which is probably going to be held in a month’s time or at least one and a half months away. We have to keep our focus on winning.”
Nurul Izah also assured that every candidate contesting under PKR’s banner will be subjected to the party’s principles.