SHAH ALAM: Nurul Izzah Anwar, who was re-elected as PKR vice-president, looked visibly distraught after the results of the PKR polls were announced.
The normally bubbly Permatang Pauh MP looked pensive and appeared to also be tearing up during the concluding session of the three-day PKR National Congress on Sunday (Nov 18)
When asked, she said the party should be focused on delivering its manifesto promises but the flawed PKR voting process had strained relations within the party.
"Of course anyone would be distraught. People should be focusing on strengthening our party, I don't like to see us having gone through such a difficult and arduous (voting) process, which is flawed.
"I love my party and I do want everyone to come together more cohesively," she said at the Ideal Convention Centre.
She said as one of the political parties currently in government, PKR had a clear-cut agenda to fulfil its pledges to the people.
"People are expecting a lot from us, so I always take my position that if you can't be that voice of conscience, then what good are you.
"I try my best to remind myself and everyone else of the key concerns," she said.
PKR leaders who have not managed to win a position in the recent polls should still be approached to help the party at large, she added.
"At the end of the day, I hope we can absorb all the leaders who may not necessarily have won this round.
"The party can function as effectively if it utilises the strength of all the leaders – those who won, and those who didn't get the chance to win," she said.
She urged all stakeholders, regardless of whether they hold positions in the party or not, to initiate reforms and to implement them "as soon as possible".
Nurul Izzah was aligned to Rafizi Ramli’s team in the recently concluded PKR party polls.
Rafizi lost the race for deputy president in a close and often fractious fight with incumbent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Anwar is officially PKR president, Azmin retains deputy president post (updated)