PETALING JAYA: Stevie Chan Keng Leong has stressed that his move to contest the Port Dickson parliamentary seat is against the entitled ways of political leaders.
He said the forced by-election in Port Dickson for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to make a comeback in Parliament was against the spirit of the nation's democratic process.
“As a matter of principle, we shouldn't condone the action of elected representatives taking for granted the mandate voters had given them.”
“The slippery slope with us accepting this may lead to future candidates being pointless placeholders for political manoeuvring, thus, defeating the very idea of elected representation,” he said in a statement, today.
Chan also described the timing of the by-election as being inappropriate, stressing that people wanted to see their elected officials move forward with the reform agenda and solve problems.
He adds that the by election which was labled “Langkah PD”, distracted politicians doing their duty by the people.
The nature of the forced by-election, the seat chosen, the timing and the statements, all indicated a leadership that was insensitive to the mood of the people, he added.
“My enemy now is political entitlement and arrogance – represented by Langkah PD – which may see Barisan 2.0 emerge, if Langkah PD was condoned and supported," Chan who announced his candidacy last week, said.
Chan adds that the by election was futile as PKR’s incoming president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was a free man and that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had previously agreed to hand over reigns to him in two years.
Chan also dismissed Anwar's claims of wanting to focus on parliamentary reforms as such reforms could be addressed by the other 47 PKR MPs, including Anwar’s wife, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and his daughter, Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.
He said even if there was a necessity for Anwar to return to Parliament, the most appropriate seat to make way for his return would be the ones held by his wife or daughter.
"This is not just because Datuk Seri Wan Azizah had clearly stated she didn't mind giving way to her husband in a 2017 interview with Al-Jazeera, but also the potential issue of nepotism and concentration of power within one family," he added.
Chan said the reluctance of the opposition to contest was also a “cause for alarm against the values and spirit” of the May 9 polls.
The Election Commission (EC) has fixed Sept 29 for nomination and Oct 13 for polling.The parliamentary seat in Negri Sembilan was vacated by MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah of PKR, after he resigned on Sept 12 to make way for Anwar.