Azmin declines to be drawn into nepotism debate

KOTA KINABALU: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has refused to be drawn into claims of nepotism over the "PD Move".

This follows after PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's bid to make a political comeback by contesting the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election.  

Azmin said that the party’s main focus was to retain the vacated Port Dickson seat through Anwar.  

He was responding to a statement by activist Ambiga Sreenevasan who cautioned against the dangers of nepotism with Anwar’s anticipated return to active politics.  

“That is certainly the view of Datuk Ambiga and also civil societies.  

“But my focus together with my colleagues in the party and also Pakatan Harapan is that we want to ensure the coalition will continue to retain the parliamentary seat of Port Dickson,” said Azmin who is Economic Affairs Minister.  

“We will work very hard and mobilise all our machinery from all over the state," he added.

He said this is to ensure that Pakatan retains not only the seat, but to gain a better majority.

He said it is crucial for Pakatan to continue with the mandate given by the people in the last general election. 

Azmin was speaking to reporters here after a briefing by the state Economic Planning Unit on Friday (Sept 14). He also visited the new Kota Kinabalu city police headquarters site.  

Azmin said it was academic to discuss about whether Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Pandan MP) or Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar who should have vacated their seats for Anwar instead of Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah.

“Now it has become academic as the decision has been made, so let’s focus on our machinery to ensure that we retain the seat,” he said.  

Earlier Friday, Ambiga spoke out against the dangers of nepotism with the forced by-election when Danyal stepped aside to pave the way for Anwar in his bid to re-enter Parliament.  

Ambiga said either Anwar’s wife Dr Wan Azizah or his daughter Nurul who should have vacated their seats to make way for him. 

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