SHAH ALAM: Newly-elected PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad got off to a difficult start when committee members unhappy with his election staged a protest walk-out at the wing’s congress.
Fifteen members of the new line-up, including two of the three vice-chairmen, left the hall as Nik Nazmi began his maiden speech before a near-empty hall.
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.
Shortly after, deputy chairman Dr Afif Bahardin who is also aligned to Amirudin, took the mike and reminded everyone that the enemy is outside and not inside the party.
Nik Nazmi, when met after the congress, said the people were not interested in party antics and that they wanted the voices of the younger generation to be heard.
“I expect this to be a temporary problem. How long can one throw a tantrum? It’s just like a lovers’ spat which can’t go on and on.”
On Thursday, PKR election committee chairman Datuk Johari Abdul confirmed that Nik Nazmi won with 4,509 votes against Amirudin who had 4,259 votes.
Unofficial results had previously indicated that Amirudin, who is aligned to PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, won against Nik Nazmi by about 40 votes.
Meanwhile, outgoing PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar said the wing would take to the streets for a mass protest if Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction is upheld by the courts in October.
The wing would only mobilise peaceful street protests, he told reporters after addressing the 10th PKR Youth Congress yesterday.
Anwar, 67, was charged and acquitted by the High Court on Jan 9, 2012 for allegedly sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, his former aide, at a condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.
The Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal and sentenced Anwar to five years in prison. The Federal Court here has set Oct 28 to hear the appeal.