Wanita PKR proposes a special post for Anwar


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 27 Nov 2010

PETALING JAYA: Wanita PKR has proposed a post solely for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, befitting his role and influence in the development of the party.

Movement head Zuraida Kamaruddin said the proposed Ketua Umum (leader-in-chief) post was not to be contested, pushing it to be endorsed at the party’s congress here and incorporated into the party’s constitution.

“We want to give him recognition for his struggles to form the party and leading the reformation movement,” she said.

“He is the party’s symbol and its creator,” she told reporters after delivering her address at the seventh Wanita PKR assembly yesterday.

Asked about the role of the Ketua Umum, she said: “There is a side of the party’s image that we need to build internationally — that Anwar already has.

“So, we should capitalise on it,” she added.

Zuraida said the position would not conflict with the role of the president, adding that the party would have him as a mentor.

On the authority of the Ketua Umum, Zuraida said: “By structure, he will have the highest authority.

“But the party has a consultative and collective decision-making practice.”

Wanita PKR will table the motion to adopt the proposal at the congress today.

She added that the central party leaders were aware of the proposal.

Zuraida retained her post following the party’s direct elections by amassing 5,835 of the 8,598 votes cast.

She defeated contenders Dr Suraya Sudin and Animah Ferrar.

Rodziah Ismail was returned as the Wanita deputy chief, after getting 6,516 of the 8,106 votes.

The three vice-chiefs are Gan Pei Nie, Haniza Talha and Noorsham Abu Samah.

Some 115,777 members were eligible to vote but only 9,686 members (8.37%) did so.

In the debates earlier, Kuantan representative Katherine Phang said there were women members who did not know how to vote and it was not surprising, therefore, that 50% of the votes at the last central election were deemed “spoilt votes.”

She suggested that instructions on the voting sheets be made in three languages — Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

Some 333 of the 555 eligible delegates attended the congress.

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