PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat hopes to remain in the forefront of new politics with the appointment of Human Rights lawyer N. Surendran, Sarawak indigenous land rights lawyer Baru Bian and former minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng as vice-presidents.
The party president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said yesterday that the “young and experienced” faces will implement PKR’s agenda for change together with the elected party representatives.
“We are confident the multi-racial and capable team will be accepted by voters,” she told a press conference.
Surendran, Bian and Chua will join the elected vice-presidents of Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tian Chua, Fuziah Salleh and Datuk Mansor Othman.
In accepting his appointment, Surendran said, “I certainly hope to use the position to influence a better Malaysia and bring about a fairer government.”
He added that everyone was quite pleased with the announcement as it included both the senior and younger members.
“I am comfortable with everyone and I look forward to working with them,” Surendran said.
Meanwhile, Chua said he was honoured to be appointed a vice-president. “I hope that I’ll prove myself worthy of the trust the president has put on me.
“I felt that I did not want to deprive anybody. Those true reformists who had withstood all the pressures and challenges from the beginning should be given priority, that was why I withdrew myself from candidacy for the post initially,” he said.
Chua also stressed that it should be a lesson to all political parties that there must be a balance in the appointment of leaders, saying that a mix of older and experienced members with the dynamism of the younger ones was necessary.
Lawyer Latheefa Koya was appointed to a new post of legal bureau head.
She said her new role would include advising the party on the lawsuits it might face.
Replacing Latheefa as the party’s information chief was Dr Nur Manuty.
Her two deputies are Pantai Jerejak assemblyman Sim Tze Tsin and Animah Ferrar.
Taking over as director of strategy from Tian Chua was Rafizi Ramli from Angkatan Muda Keadilan.
Former vice-president Sivarasa Rasiah and Selangor exco-member Xavier Jeyakumar were appointed to the political bureau.
PKR communications director Nik Nazmi and secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution both retained their posts and will be assisted by Sabah youth leader Darell Leiking and member T. Kumar, respectively.