KUALA LUMPUR: Aug 28, 2008
PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as Permatang Pauh MP at 10.05am Thursday in a brief ceremony in Dewan Rakyat here.
Anwar, who turned up for the event in a simple black baju melayu, was accompanied by his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and their daughter Nurul Izzah.
The moment he entered the Dewan, he was instantly surrounded by other Pakatan Rakyat members, including Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Anwar Ibrahim swears in at Parliament house in Kuala Lumpur Thursday. - AP
However, only three ministers were present in the House for the swearing-in.
The swearing-in took place in front of Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
After the swearing-in, Anwar took his place on the first seat on the Opposition block.
Sepanggar MP Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun, who is from Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) took the opportunity to congratulate Anwar on his win as he stood up to field the first query in the question and answer session.
Minister in Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz also congratulated Anwar on behalf of the Government when he stood up to reply the first question.
He later said that the live telecast of Parliament proceedings is only meant to show the question time and not other matters, which is why Anwar's swearing-in was not aired.
Nazri said the opposition should not be over-sensitive about the matter.