Nurul Izzah apologises for doubts over PKR’s performance in GE15, says still not giving up on party

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Former PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has apologised for doubting Pakatan Harapan’s chances of retaking the Federal Government soon.

The Permatang Pauh MP had recently said that Pakatan would have to go through two more general elections before getting the federal government back.

Nurul Izzah, who is PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter, justified her statement by saying she was merely speaking from a worst-case scenario standpoint with regard to what PKR and the rest of its Pakatan coalition partners may be able to achieve in the upcoming general election.

She then apologised for her statement in an interview with Malay language daily Berita Harian.

“I apologise for hurting feelings, but as someone who has seen changes in the political landscape over the past few years, I think we have to always be wary and be prepared for all possible scenarios.

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“We could have a bright chance ahead if the fence-sitters vote for us but what if they don’t?” Nurul Izzah was quoted as saying.

She also pointed out her party’s dismal performance in the recent Johor state election, which saw it winning only one out of the 20 seats it contested.

Regardless of her doubts over the Opposition’s chances of making a comeback at the Federal level, Nurul Izzah said she still had faith in PKR and had not given up on the party.

Nurul Izzah had also voiced her lack of confidence, in a Sinar Harian interview, that Pakatan would be able to win big because people still remembered the coalition’s failures during its 22-month tenure as the federal government.

Nurul Izzah was quoted as saying that she was being realistic as it would require time to succeed again.

“Because the people and, even I, are still traumatised over what happened when Pakatan was the government for 22 months,” Nurul Izzah had said. – The Star