Port Dickson by-election held on the 13th of October last year had brought much popularity to PM-in-waiting Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
When the by-election was announced with Anwar contesting for the seat, strings of criticisms were thrown at Pakatan Harapan (PH) for engineering the by-election too soon after the general election. The resignation of Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah also caught many by surprise as it was so sudden with some felt it was more fitting for Anwar’s wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah or their daughter Nurul Izzah to vacate the seat instead of the Port Dickson incumbent.
Despite the negative voice around the by-election, the people did not pull back from voting for Anwar when he rose as the victor in Port Dickson.
However, news exposure on Anwar Ibrahim witnessed a severe drop in the number of news e after the month of the by-election to 2,011 and this further dropped in January 2019 to 1,764.
The headlines for 2019 shows not much of policy or governance matter around Anwar, but mostly about his journey towards becoming the next PM. In fact, if we look at the media coverage on Anwar, it’s the non-mainstream and partisan portals that seemed to be more interested in talking about him.
Rising as the winner with a majority of 31,016 votes means Anwar is now one step closer to be the the next Prime Minister of Malaysia. However, as the MP, current media trend shows that he is lacking exposure on serious matters rather but active in conspiring political play with his inner and outer circle.
Does this mean he is more interested in his premiership and keeping the beach clean rather than his pledge as a MP and leader of PKR?