Party suspends Lokman from supreme council


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 29 Jan 2004

BY AUDREY EDWARDS

SHAH ALAM: The internal rift within Parti Keadilan Rakyat worsened yesterday with its removed Youth secretary Lokman Noor Adam being suspended from the party supreme council as he continued making accusations against his former chief. 

Party president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who announced the suspension at a press conference, said a committee had been set up to investigate allegations by Lokman and Youth chief Mohd Ezam Mohd Nor. 

“Parti Keadilan Nasional considers this issue serious and we emphasise that we will take serious action towards any party found to be betraying the cause,” she added. 

It was reported on Monday that Ezam had sacked Lokman as secretary over “evidence” of the latter's wrongdoings. Lokman had denied the charges. 

Ezam has maintained his right to sack Lokman, saying: “It is the prerogative of the Youth chief to appoint or withdraw a person’s appointment.” 

Dr Wan Azizah also said the Youth chief was entitled to reshuffle the wing's leadership. 

“Evidence” of Lokman's wrongdoings included plans to re-join Umno and influencing other party leaders to follow him. Lokman in turn accused Ezam of the same thing. 

Ezam had announced yesterday a new line-up naming Selangor Keadilan Youth chief S.D. Johari as the new secretary and a 58-member committee. 

When asked about the investigation committee, Dr Wan Azizah declined to reveal who the members were as she wanted to avoid pressure and lobbying. 

Lokman, when contacted, questioned why he was the only one being suspended. 

“I will stay in the party even though Ezam was not suspended which shows that there is no justice. It is not fair,” he said. 

Earlier, Lokman had stormed out of the supreme council meeting and was overheard saying loudly: “Azmin, you just don't lie.” 

He was referring to party vice-president Azmin Ali.  

Lokman then issued a statement to the media in which he detailed the testimony he had given to the supreme council. 

According to the statement, Lokman claimed that Ezam had met several Umno leaders and had expressed his interest to rejoin Umno. 

He had also made allegations against Ezam over the wing's funds. 

Ezam could not be reached for comment. 

However, after an earlier press conference, when asked about the allegations made by Lokman, Ezam said he had nothing to hide and had always been fighting corruption. 

“Let us see what he wants to expose. The people will judge whether it is true,” he said.  

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