After Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Dr Wan Azizah Ismail announced yesterday that she was vacating her Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat, many people - reacting to her decision - said many things.
Pakatan Rakyat leaders, of course, welcomed it. Barisan Nasional leaders said that was to be expected.
A few expressions emerged, two of which I am singling out -- sign/symbol of love for husband and betrayal of her constituents' trust.
Symbol of love for her husband? I know this was uttered rather cheekily. But if you asked me, I'd say Dr Wan Azizah gave up her parliamentary seat out of a deep sense of loyalty to her husband and the party.
Love? Sure, sure. Who are we to say otherwise. But it's loyalty, people. Loyalty.
Compulsion? Of course. But willingly.
If I were a man, and a political leader to boot, I'd want a wife like Dr Wan Azizah! A N Y T I M E!
Now, about this betrayal ...I'd say no. Because, Anwar is not just another politician but Anwar Ibrahim - de facto PKR leader and Dr Wan Azizah's husband. And, I can bet my bottom dollar that those who voted for Dr Wan Azizah would have voted for Anwar. He was (also) their MP, remember?
Just like how she won the seat the first time.
Unless, of course, the votes were protest votes. Not likely in Permatang Pauh.
It's just that you'd now have to have a by-election and this and that. Looks like more work for everyone and sleepless nights for others.