PETALING JAYA: The storm within Parti Keadilan Nasional appears to be calming down, with its Youth chief admitting that claims of his sacked secretary rejoining Umno and encouraging other party leaders to do likewise are false.
After hearing the detailed explanation from Lokman Noor Adam himself and examining the report submitted to me, I find that the allegations are untrue.
It is information fabricated to break up the party, especially the Youth wing, Mohd Ezam Mohd Nor said in a statement yesterday.
The rift within the party cropped up last week with talk of Lokman quitting Keadilan to rejoin Umno and taking other leaders with him.
It was reported on Monday that Ezam had sacked Lokman following evidence of his wrongdoings. Lokman, however, had denied the charges.
On Wednesday morning, Ezam also announced a new line-up naming Selangor Youth chief S.D. Johari as the new secretary and a 58-member committee.
At the supreme council meeting later that day, Lokman was subsequently suspended as a party supreme council member pending investigations into allegations made by both him and Ezam.
In a statement produced during the meeting, Lokman had 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 wings funds.
However, Lokman retracted his allegations on Friday.
In his statement yesterday, Ezam welcomed Lokmans retraction, adding that he would submit the latest development to president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the party leadership.
I will also discuss with the Youth leadership to determine his position within the wing.
Personally, I welcome his active participation again in efforts to intensify the partys activities to face the coming general election, he added.
When contacted, Ezam said that Lokman remained suspended as a supreme council member.
He is still suspended until the investigation is over. His retraction will help his case but the changes that I have made in the movement remain while his future position will be decided later, he added.
Lokman said the differences between Ezam and him had been settled.
I sat down with him and we thrashed it out. And he has asked me to join in the oppositions Youth road show, which begins in Negri Sembilan on Tuesday.
Regardless of my position in the wing, I can still give talks and contribute to the party, he said when contacted.
He also said that his retraction was made on the advice of the party leadership.
Im doing it for the partys good name, he added.