Press Statement by Datuk Seri Wan Azizah


– PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —

JULY 31, 2008, PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA

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 wholeheartedly 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 8, 2008.

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

KENYATAAN MEDIA UNTUK EDARAN SEGERA —

31HB. JULAI 2008, PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA

Selepas berbincang dengan keluarga saya, kepimpinan Parti Keadilan Rakyat dan rakan-rakan dalam Pakatan Rakyat, saya dengan ini secara rasminya meletakkan jawatan sebagai Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh kepada YB Tan Sri Speaker Dewan Rakyat Datuk Pandikar Amin Bin Hj. Mulia hari ini, memberi laluan kepada suami saya untuk bertanding sebagai calon Pakatan Rakyat dalam pilihanraya kecil secepat mungkin. Ini adalah konsisten dengan matlamat kami untuk mendapat majoriti bagi membentuk kerajaan baru
dalam tahun ini.

Keputusan ini adalah yang terbaik buat Malaysia. Negara ini sedang berhadapan dengan cabaran yang paling getir semenjak mencapai kemerdekaan. Kerajaan Barisan Nasional yang dipimpin oleh UMNO terbukti telah gagal mengurus ekonomi negara ini dan membawa negara ini menuju kehancuran. Kerajaan ini telah menyebabkan integriti sistem keadilan hancur ke tahap yang memalukan. Ia membiarkan api perkauman semakin bernyala-nyala dan membuatkan etnik Melayu, Cina dan India saling tidak mempercayai satu sama lain di samping sengaja mengabaikan keperluan masyarakat pribumi di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Anwar Ibrahim telah mengungkapkan visi untuk Malaysia yang telah pun membenihkan harapan buat rakyat. Beliau mempunyai pengalaman dan kebijaksanaan untuk membangunkan kembali ekonomi negara ini, juga karisma dan integriti untuk menyatukan rakyat Malaysia serta mengembalikan kewibawaan institusi-institusi kenegaraan.

Saya akan terus berkhidmat sebagai Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat dan pengurusi Yayasan Aman. Saya mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan dan terima kasih kepada penyokong saya di Permatang Pauh yang selama ini sentiasa teguh di belakang saya di dalam melalui saat-saat sukar semenjak dari September 1998 dan saat-saat manis kemenangan 8 Mac 2008.

Masa depan negara kita bergantung kepada dedikasi dan komitmen terhadap keadilan dan kebebasan yang saya lalui selaku wakil anda semua di Parlimen dan saya akan sentiasa berkhidmat untuk anda pada masa depan seikhlas mungkin.

DATUK SERI WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL
Presiden
Parti Keadilan Rakyat

44 thoughts on “Press Statement by Datuk Seri Wan Azizah

  1. Kak Azizah,
    My wholehearted respect for you, firstly as the Opposition Leader, secondly for being a steadfast Wife & a Mother to your fine children! You have given much hope to all the Women in Malaysia & I wish you all the best! As for Saudara Anwar you are our hope for a better Malaysia! Let’s the battle begin!
    ____________
    eeyaw, thanks. I know she will visit this blog and read your comments. We all can be proud of Datuk Seri Azizah. She will emain engaged with the party as its President and will be helping the people of Permatang Puah and others through Yayasan Aman in her capacity as Chairman.—Din Merican

  2. Datuk Seri Wan Azizah is an examplary Member of Parliament who is in her 3rd term. I was told that people of Permatang Puah cried when they were told that she was stepping down in order that her beloved husband can contest the by-election and return to Parliament.

    Anwar is an outstanding leader and a very worthy representative of the people of Malaysia. Voters IN Permatang Puah must now elect him and with God’s Blessing, Anwar will usher in a new dawn for Malaysia. He will restore the Rule of Law and investor and public confidence, get the economy moving again, fight corruption, and improve public service delivery.

  3. Din,

    Please extend my thanks to the good lady for serving the rakyat all this while. I’m sure the people of Permatang Pauh have grown fond of her.

    I know she won’t stop her fight for what is right.

    She has my support, whether in Parliament or not.

  4. Wan Azizah,

    I still remember you run across to Sri Perdana (old one) to seek help from Siti Hasmah ten years ago but to no avail. Even Saleha (Siti Hasmah’s sister, I am not sure of her exact name) pleaded for Anwar for leniency.

    I believe, if you have the choice, you rather be a simple housewife, but circumstances forced you to get involve in politics, which to me, is really dirty.

    Looking back, you did a great job as a mother, a wife and a leader that all Malaysians can be proud of.

    I wish you best of luck and will support whatever you decide to do after this.

  5. I am not sure if Kak Wan should relinguish her seat and make path to DSAI. Kak Wan has been an excellent role model as a wife, a mother and a leader to many Malaysians like me. I have deep respect for her. She is a fine MP, with good manner, soft-approach yet consistent in bringing the voice of rakyat to the Parlimen. I pray DSAI plan to join the Parlimen will work well. I hope to see Kak Wan again in the near future, not just as a wife of Malaysian Prime Minister but also as a fine lady who will be a role model to help to elevate the present status of the Malaysian women particularly in the workplace. It’s kind of hard to say farewell to her because she is such a good MP!

  6. Thank you, Kak Wan for your service to the people of Malaysia and for being a great wife to DSAI and a good mother to your children. You have executed your duties as a member very, very well and have out all BN MPs (with all their crude lanuages and behavior) to shame. I salute you for your selfless service to the nation and now your sacrifice to enable DSAI to yake his rightful place in the Government.
    To all Malaysians, the Time has come for all to stand up and beside DSAI to show the scumbags in BN that there is no place for them in this country from now on. The road from today leads to Permatang Pauh. I WILL BE THERE AND i CALL ON ALL MALAYSIANS TO BE THERE FOR OUR CHIEF! Let the entire constituency be carpeted with the supporters of DSAI. Din, perhaps we should identify a colour that all supporters should wear from now on and especially on the final days leading to the elections. Let our colours be the Tsunami that will sweep the scums of BN into the Prai Mangrove swamps.
    Let DSAI’s elections mark the start of a new era for Malaysians,

  7. Bro Din
    This comes as a shock to all of us. I remember not too long ago you defended Wan Azizah and said that she is a great MP and is qualified to be PM. Then why is she resigning? She should continue as MP for Permatang Pauh. Let Anwar stand for election in another constituency. Guess Permatang Pauh is a very safe seat for Anwar.

    Wish her all the best and good luck to Anwar. 10-4

  8. Shrek,

    Three in a family of MPs is one too many, moreover as a wife she is needed to be by Anwar’s side supporting him all the way. Remember he’s “PM-in-waiting”?

  9. Kak Wan, agak terharu membacanya. Tidak ramai diantara kita yang terdaya melalui dugaan2 yang bagitu hebat.Bukan sekali tetapi dua kali.

    Sekali lagi Kak Wan telah membuat pengorbanan yang besar demi suami.

    Salute !!! to you Kak Wan. I believe you inherit these qualities from your learned Dad.

    Salam

  10. It is said how politically and socially progressive a society is measured also in how it treats its women. Here is a chance to show to the rest of the world that a Muslim country could have a woman as its Prime Minister. Indeed Malaysia would not be the first since Indonesia has led the way.

    Azizah’s resignation to make way for her husband is clearly not a step in that direction.

    Her entry into politics no doubt the result of her husband’s incarceration for political reasons has transformed her over the years into a politician in her own right. I see her resignation as a loss to a community that seeks to break from the bounds of tradition which sees women as homemakers and doormats.

    But all is not lost. The next Prime Minister could still make her a senator, and like others before her, given a post of Ministerial rank or better still made a Cabinet Minister.

  11. “Three in a family of MPs is one too many…” Jong

    I’m disappointed in you!

    I would have thought the feminist in you would have come out screaming and kicking at the very idea that a wife is being made to sacrifice her career in politics for the sake of her husband’s.

  12. No, I’d make the same decision if I were Wan Azizah. There is so much to do and so many ways that one can contribute to nation building. It’s how effective you want to be. All is not lost, yes that’s it and you said it yourself!

    If and when Anwar becomes the next PM, I am sure she will have her hands full, assisting supporting him all the way and making sure he becomes the best premier Malaysia ever had!

  13. Folks let us do a simple test:

    Suppose we lined up all the leaders women folk, i.e. Najib’s Rosman; Pak Lah’s Jean; KJ’s wife; Muhyuddin’s better half; and DSAI’s Datuk Seri Wan Azizah — who will get the votes as a model for Future Malaysia?

    Who amongst all the women of our leaders and embattled leaders will be respected model among ALL Malaysians?

    Well, therein lies the miracle for Malaysia. And in front of such miracles always walks the husband.

    So, we MUST make sure that winds of change take permanent root. Otherwise we are just as bad as all the crooks.

  14. “No, I’d make the same decision if I were Wan Azizah.” Jong

    The issue is not the decision itself but the basis for that decision.

    In your case it would seem to be a personal decision based on your perception of your own role i.e. what makes you happy, and who are we to tell you what makes you happy?

    Thus to the extent that it is Azizah’s personal decision on what makes her happy, her decision has to be respected. But to the extent that her decision has been influenced by circumstances surrounding her husband’s return as MP and possibly the country’s next Prime Minister, it is a huge loss for women.

  15. Jong
    Three’s a company. Nothing wrong if all three are qualified and got elected fair and square.
    Wan Azizah has earned the seat. It was not a given. So she should keep it. Secondly if Anwar wins the by election, there is no net gain for PKR. If Anwar stood in another constituency and won PKR would have gain another seat. Numbers game.

    Wan Azizah can still be the wife, home maker and all that. Her children are all grown up now. They are very matured after going through what thay had to in the last 10 years. Granted some time in the future she may decide to step down, that’s fine.

  16. “Yes, I agree it’s a huge loss for women but do you fault me for agreeing that it was a wise decision made?”

    It is called an opinion. You cannot be faulted for having an opinion – even one that runs against popular opinion.

    Just like when you call an expert witness to testify as to whether this S-Fu was actually sodomized let alone sodomized by a man who is going on to become the country’s next Prime Minister!

    You know that opinion in a court of law is not relevant and is therefore not admissible in evidence but the opinion of an expert is (relevant). Prosecution can call their expert witness and defense may call theirs. Both would be making claims to having an opinion which best serves the truth. Just as who is right??

  17. Bean Inulite,

    Allergy? – how did that perception of yours come about? I suppose you have already ‘converted’ your wife, ya?

  18. Jong,

    Nice to know that you’re denying you had any ‘allergic reaction’ to Inul Daratista and all the other goyang artistes. Welcome to the “Goyang Club”! It used to be called the DIY Club.

  19. Datuk Seri Wan Azizah is a supermodel wife and mother.
    Which other woman in this country will ever measure up to her for her untiring and total support for her husband in his time of need?
    Outside, she is pure feminine beauty, charm and softness but within she is sheer grit and an embodiment of strength. She is LOVE in human form.
    Will all Malaysian women draw inspiration from her.
    May God Bless her and her family.

  20. Mr Bean
    What does it matter Thai Chinese? You should see her sister Wan Arfah. Perhaps you’ll be asking Mat Salleh ?
    Shrek Truly Asian 10-4

  21. Shrek,

    You’re reading too much into the question!

    Jong,

    A Malay is a Malay is a Malay. There is no such thing as an average looking Malay or a Malay who looks average. I hope that helps!

  22. Jong,

    “Inulite” sounds like something you apply to your skin.

    “Goyangristas” would be a better term and if you add me to your fan list perhaps “Jongaristas” serves just as well.

  23. Mr Bean
    Remember 1998. Mohamed Rahmat said that Wan Azizah is Cap Naga. Little did he realize his wife was a Cap Naga, daughter of Lim Kah Ngam.

    If you see you wouldn’t know what race I am. I have been mistaken for Japanese (by Malaysians) Korean, Filipino, Chinese and even American Indian.
    Shrek master of disguise 10-4

  24. I will take the American Indian.

    I have been here more than a decade and I have seen only three of them.

    If I were a native American I’ll name myself “He who walks on water”.

  25. I don’t know if many realise that those who are half Malay and half something else tend to have extreme views consistent with their need to identify themselves with the Malays as a community.

    Show me one who is half Malay and half Chinese or Indian and I’ll show you a Malay ultra. Mahathir tops the list.

  26. Re Malay Ultra – it’s only in Bolehland where it’s to their advantage and they can be “tuan”. The minute they are away overseas, things are very different.

    For Mahathir, it’s the insecurity of being a mix, he must be seen to be more Malay than a Malay. Wait a minute, I’m already confused! 😀

  27. “I’m already confused!” Jong

    Yes, I know that from the size of your grin 🙂

    I studied in a primary school which had his father’s name – Iskandar. His ancestors came from Kerala, South India on a boat which nobody could be sure whether it was coming or going!

  28. Dear Mr. Dr. Bean and Jong,

    I am “half Malay and half something” and I dare say that I do have more than my fair share of Malay ultras in the family. I think it is a normal human trait that we try hard to be accepted by a group that we always wanted to be associated with. Many times, we try too hard.

    I personally find it difficult to keep on talking about me being a Malay because I find it awkward. It makes me feel cheap, as if I wanted to get something free. I taught my children that it doesn’t really matter where we came from and I am happy to say that they are comfortable and proud to call themselves “mamak” as they accept that this is what they are, not a pseudo Malay.

    Of course, in my younger days I was proud that Mahathir was a mamak and I go around claiming that the Malays in this country need a mamak to lead them.

    When I was in Bangladesh, many years ago, I learned that the Bengalis claimed that Mahathir originated from Chittagong and he was on loan to us. I sincerely hope they will take him back as it was a “on consignment up to expiry date” deal. It’s long overdue.

    Whatever it is, it is very important for us to understand that we live in a country with multitudes of race, culture, religion and language. This is actually our strength and not weakness. The test for our leaders is how to enhance this strength and create a successful nation that leverage on our diversity for economic and cultural excellence.

    This, sad to say, is what the BN have been missing all the 51 years. Maybe those initial years we needed UMNO, MCA and MIC to be race based, not today. It should have stopped many years ago. We have squandered our chance of bringing everyone together. How much longer do we, the people of this country want to allow this squandering to continue?

  29. Din Ahmad,

    In an earlier posting above, Bean got the hint. I always believe that there’s no such a race as a “Malay” race. To me it’s only political branding by those ‘opportunists’ in UMNO for reasons best known to them and to justify their ‘ketuanan’ projects.

    Fifty-one years since kemerdekaan and they are still so f**ked up(pardon my language, there’s not a better word to describe it!), and confused – one day they want to be TUAN and the next day they need crutches to help prop them up at the expense of other Malaysians.
    They can deny it but no one will believe those serial liars in UMNO anymore.

    On crutches for decades? Hey, if you want to be “TUAN”, fine with us the NONs – the Chinese, Indians, Muruts, Kadazans, Portuguese, Thais and those
    ‘Something Else’ who truly have no problems with that, but hold your head up and earn your respect! Behave like one – a TUAN must take good care of the underpriviledged, less fortunate, the hardcore poor, the illiterates. Make sure fair opportunity is given to all and that no one goes hungry in Malaysia.

    We are afterall “MALAYSIANS”, and let’s be just that and be proud of it!

    And on Mahathir, Chittagong may have him back, enough damage has been done by him in Malaysia. I will voluteer to pay for his passage back. Where’s QC Dr Bean, what’s the type of boat he mentioned?

  30. Din Ahmad and Jong
    Irregardless of where Mahathir’s parents hails from, Chittagong or Bangalore, he is second generation Malaysian. He still has the rights under the sun in Malaysia. Please do not use the call “if you don’t like it here, go home” otherwise you’ve just joined the UMNO Tuan over Nothing group.

    If there is evidence of his wrongdoing, then try him under the various Malaysian laws, just as he had called for a War tribunal to try Bush and Blair. Perhaps Mahathir can be tried for crimes against human rights.

    Shrek never benefitted being a Malay. Shrek paid full fare all the time. 10-4

  31. I met a group of Hasidic Jews who questioned Mahathir’s claim to being anything. They say Mahathir is circumcised and that makes him one of them! Mahathir is a Jew.

    If Mahathir is a Jew, what does that make Anwar? Mahathir’s agent?!

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