More party leaders throw support behind Azmin


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 18 Sep 2010

KUCHING: More party leaders, including one from Sarawak, have come forward to declare their support for PKR vice-president Azmin Ali’s bid for the No 2 post.

At a Malaysia Day dinner here on Thursday, Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said she was for Azmin, who would be contesting for the post during the party election in November.

“I believe that whoever you choose to vote for, you must know the person well.

“I support Azmin in his bid,” she said, adding that Azmin was someone who had been with the party through thick and thin.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Mansor Othman also announced that he was throwing his weight behind Azmin.

Sarawak PKR vice-chairman Jimmy Donald, a former Sri Aman MP, said he would encourage other members to vote for Azmin.

“Although we’ve all been given strict instructions not to campaign during the dinner, I would like to say here that I will support him since he has announced his intention,” he said.

Jimmy, who is formerly of Parti Rakyat Sarawak before joining PKR, said he was sure his other “branch leader friends” would also support Azmin.

“We find Azmin amiable. We have known him since long before.

“He is experienced and loyal, having been through bad and good times, and is now on the rise,” he said.

Azmin told those attending the dinner that voters during the party polls should make their choice based on “loyalty”.

“I had friends who had sworn that they would never jump ship but they did nonetheless.

“I have been patient. I held on to my conscience that in the end, PKR would win, which we did in the 2008 general election,” he said.

He described those who switched their party allegiance as “those who took the people’s trust in PKR, and neglected and dishonoured that trust”.

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