BARRING UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, I'd say, yes he will.
Come to think of it -- I dare say, in spite of unforeseen circumstances.
As I have said in an earlier posting, Permatang Pauh is already his. But I also remarked -- anything can happen from then (when he announced that he will be contesting the vacated parliamentary seat to the date of the by-election, later fixed on Aug 26).
And, you all have guessed it. Something happened. A day after the date of the by-election was announced, we were told that Anwar will face sodomy charges, the complainant being Saiful Bukhari.
How predictable was that?
This does not mean that Anwar will lose Permatang Pauh. Not at all although we know that Barisan Nasional is not going to make it easy for the de facto Parti Keadilan Rakyat leader.
And I'm sure Anwar is prepared for the tricks and tactics.
But he has admitted that it will be an uphill battle for him because of all kinds of slanders and lies the BN guys are spreading about him.
I doubt he actually believes that.
Anwar turned 61 yesterday (Sunday). His birthday wish, he said, was to have a BIG WIN in Permatang Pauh to send a clear message to the nation that it's time to change Malaysia's political landscape.
He said this to a crowd of some 15,000 at a by-election rally in Penang mainland's Taman Pauh on Saturday before celebrating his 61st birthday at the stroke of midnight. (source:Malaysiakini)
But you know what. I think the more they try to do him in, the more support he will get.
They're just doing him a favour. Really.