Anwar threw a few red herrings (Kulim and Bandar Tun Razak), before deciding on his traditional stronghold, Permatang Pauh.
I think it is very risky for him, knowing full well, he could be arrested within days, which would frustrate his attempt at returning to the august house. Wan Azizah would have given up the seat for nothing.
Personally, I would prefer Khalid Ibrahim, who is the Menteri Besar of Selangor, to give up his parliamentary seat so that he can concentrate on his chief minister post.
But then again, we are discussing about Anwar, a seasoned politician who is known more for his flamboyant ways than being a conservative in approach.
In a way, he is being considerate, for the decision was within the family, than asking someone else, no matter how friendly nor willing, to sacrifice his seat. On the other hand, it could be because of better chances standing in his stronghold, in the face of the full weight of BN and government machinery against him.
Having decided on this by-election, the ball is on the feet of the Prime Minister and his wise men to decide on their next move.
Public opinion in the cyberworld is on Anwar’s side. Whether it will translate into votes is yet to be seen, but contest on a level playing field without the hindrance of a court case which is widely acknowledged to be politically conspired, will reflect favourably on our Mr. Nice. That is the least he can do to undo the damage to his reputation thus far for want of action.