Saturday, 18 August 2012 12:35
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim plans to end his 30-year political career if he fails to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak at the next election, he said.
Anwar was once deputy prime minister in the Barisan Nasional (National Front) government that has ruled Malaysia since independence 55 years ago, but has campaigned against it since his shock ouster in 1998.
Najib must call national elections by June next year and many observers expect a tight contest after the ruling coalition suffered its worst showing ever at the last polls in 2008.
"I will try my best. I am confident we will win. But if not, I will step down," Anwar said Friday night when taking part in a Google Hangout that was streamed live on YouTube.
Anwar, who has taught at Oxford and Washington's Georgetown University, said he would return to academic life if he lost.
"If we don't get the mandate, then ...