Kamal Haasan (right) called Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a “beacon of hope."

PORT DICKSON: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has upped the ante in his campaign to lay claim to Port Dickson by enlisting the endorsement of Indian actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan.

Videos in Tamil and English surfaced on social media last night, less than 36 hours before campaigning period ends featuring Kamal who called Anwar a “beacon of hope," stating that the by-election would return the leader to parliament, where he “belonged.”

“In a global political climate that craves exemplary leaders who have a perfect understanding of underdogs, Anwar is that perfect example and a beacon of hope,” he said.

“The constituency of Port Dickson has the opportunity to write a great chapter in the history of Malaysia by bringing Anwar back to Parliament and the nation at large, where he deserves to be.”

“On this occasion, I am glad to wish Anwar and the people of Malaysia the very best as they embark on a new journey.”

Kamal, remarked that he was extremely happy that Anwar was pardoned from an “unjust imprisonment.”

He added Anwar’s ascent would reinforce the Indo-Malaysian relationship, adding that the “Tamil Nadu-Malaysia connection” would also grow from strength to strength.

Kamal is the secretary-general and founder of the Makkal Needhi Malam, India’s Peoples’ Justice Centre.

The party that was established earlier this year, is planning to win big in Tamil Nadu’s elections.

The 63-year-old Kamal also holds the award for India’s third and fourth highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, for his contributions to the arts and society.

Kamal was also conferred the esteemed Chevallier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French.

He is well-known for his critically acclaimed movies, which have earned him a fan base which is only rivaled by fellow South Indian superstar Rajnikanth.

The Port Dickson seat was vacated by its former member of parliament Brigadier-General (Rtd) Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah to pave Anwar’s bid to return to Parliament.

The by-election tomorrow will see a seven-way fight involving the PKR president-elect, Pas’ Lt Mohd Nazari Mokhtar and five other independent contenders.

The independents are former Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Isa Samad, Stevie Chan, Kan Chee Yuen, Lau Seck Yan and Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

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