Ezam likely to head youth wing of new party


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2003

BY SHAHANAAZ HABIB

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Nasional Youth chief Mohd Ezam Mohd Nor, who is currently serving a jail sentence for breaching the Official Secrets Act, will head the youth wing of the merged Keadilan-Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) party while the deputy post is expected to go to Faizal Sanusi from PRM. 

A source said this meant Keadilan deputy chief Saifuddin Nasution would not be the number two in the Youth wing of the merged party known as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). 

“Saifuddin will be a supreme council member. But discussions are still on-going and we have not arrived at a final decision,” he said yesterday. 

The source said as the merged PKR was still at pro tem stage, Saifuddin would still remain Keadilan deputy Youth chief.  

“Therefore the question of Saifuddin resigning as the Keadilan Youth deputy does not arise,” he said. 

He was commenting on a report in a website yesterday which said Saifuddin had tendered his resignation letter to Ezam.  

The source said for the time being, there would be two Youth movements – Keadilan and the pro tem PKR. 

He said this would remain for an indefinite period because the Registrar of Societies (ROS) approves the merger.  

Keadilan president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is expected to head the new party, while her deputy is likely to be Dr Syed Hussein Ali, who is currently PRM president. 

It was reported that deputy PRM president Abdul Rahman Osman was tipped to be secretary-general of PKR. Mohd Azmin Ali, Tian Chua, Datuk Sheikh Azmi Ahmad all from Keadilan were said to be probable choices for vice presidents of the merged entity while another two – Lee Sang and R. Sivarasa – were said to be the possible choices of PRM for the post.  

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