Read her very own words inside.
After she was conferred a Datuk Seri title for being a woman of indomitable courage, she resigns as MP for husband Anwar Ibrahim to contest in a by-election?
I do not take too kindly, at this point of time, losing Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as a member of Parliament, the first woman Opposition leader at that.
But why am I shocked?
I even wanted her as Prime Minister. Can you believe that? Not because she is PKR. But because she is a woman!
And now…we may even lose Permatang Pauh.
But wait, what if the police arrest Anwar on sodomy charges before the by-election?
Then what happens?
Malaysians are dying to know.
Below is Azizah’s press statement on the matter:
After deliberating with my family, the Keadilan party leadership and our partners in the Pakatan Rakyat, I have officially submitted my resignation as Member of Parliament of Permatang Pauh to the Speaker of Parliament YB Tan Sri Datuk Pandikar Amin Bin Hj. Mulia today to make way for my husband, Anwar Ibrahim, to contest as a candidate for Pakatan Rakyat in a by-election as soon as possible.
This is consistent with our goals towards securing a Parliamentary majority and forming a new government within this year.
This decision is the right decision for Malaysia.
The nation now faces some of the greatest challenges it has encountered since gaining independence. The UMNO-led Barisan Nasional government has mismanaged the economy and steered the nation towards a catastrophe. It has allowed the integrity of the justice system to fall into deeper infamy. It has stroked the flames of racism and driven a wedge of mistrust between Malays, Chinese and Indians, while thoroughly neglecting the needs of the indigenous peoples of
Sabah and Sarawak.
Anwar Ibrahim has articulated a vision for Malaysia that has brought hope to the people. He has the experience and intelligence to reinvigorate our economy, and the charisma and integrity to unite the Malaysian people and restore credibility to our institutions of governance.
I will continue to serve as president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat and as chairperson of the Yayasan Aman (Peace Foundation).
I whole-heartedly thank my supporters in Permatang Pauh who have stood by me in the most difficult of times since September 1998 and have shared in the joy of victory we all experienced on March 8th. The future of our nation lies in the dedication and commitment to justice and freedom that I have experienced as your representative in Parliament and I look forward to many more years of serving you with sincerity and with humility.
DATUK SERI WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL
President Parti Keadilan Rakyat