KUALA LUMPUR: Someone “high up” is behind a concerted effort to sideline PKR deputy president contender Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, leaders supporting him are claiming.
Instead of taking a neutral stand, certain individuals vying for key posts are influencing party members by making attacks against Zaid, they said.
They claim these individuals include outgoing deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali, vice-presidents Dr Lee Boon Chye and R. Sivarasa, PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin and party strategist Tian Chua.
They are allegedly backing the other deputy presidency aspirant, Azmin Ali, a loyalist of party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“Judging by the statements coming from our leaders, including Anwar, I can only conclude that these people are all in one group, which is aligned to Azmin,” said supreme council member K. Gobalakrishnan, who is going for a vice-president’s post in the current party polls.
“Even the party’s communications director, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, has opted to take sides in joining the attacks against Zaid, although his (Nik Nazmi’s) position warrants him to be neutral,” he said.
“The various incidents during the PKR division elections around the country in the past two weeks show that the ‘anti-Zaid’ sentiment is being put in place by someone high up in the party,” he alleged.
Vice-president Jeffrey Kitingan (pic) urged PKR leaders to stop their incessant attacks on Zaid.
Singling out Dr Lee, he said the timing of the Gopeng MP’s statement was unfortunate, especially with the crucial final round of division elections this weekend.
Dr Lee had reportedly told Zaid to stop “acting” like he was a victim to gain sympathy votes.
Kitingan said party leaders should welcome any concrete suggestions to improve the party.
Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam said the party and its office bearers had failed to uphold the fundamental principles of democracy – to hold a free and fair election.
“I anticipated some stuttering problems in conducting the path-breaking ‘one-member, one-vote’ elections.
“But, I am saddened by the fact that the entire election process has been hijacked by certain people,” he said.
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