SHAH ALAM: Newly-elected PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (pic) has yet to meet with members of his new line-up who staged a protest walkout at the wing's congress.
"I have yet to meet them. I will make arrangements to do so," he told reporters at a press conference at the PKR 10th National Congress Saturday.
Nik Nazmi was asked if he had contacted any of the 16 members who staged the walkout just as he was about to deliver his maiden speech following announcement of the 20-member committee on Friday.
Those who walked out were aligned to Batu Caves assemblyman Amirudin Shari who would have won if the party’s election committee had not decided to accept the results of the disputed election in the Pensiangan division in Sabah.
Nik Nazmi attributed the rift due to the recent party polls, which saw the movement split into three factions vying for the top youth posts.
Asked if the split would affect PKR's campaigning in the upcoming Pengkalan Kubor by-election in Kelantan, he said that it would not as it was temporary problem that could be overcome.
However, he admitted that the issue would be deemed serious if it affected youth support for the movement.
"This is serious as we cannot take support from the youth for granted.
"In 2008, we had very good support from the youth but we have to focus and reengage them now," he added.
On the presence of four large congratulatory banners at the congress venue, Nik Nazmi said he was unaware who had put them up.
There were only five banners displayed at the venue.