PETALING JAYA: Nurul Izzah Anwar expressed her thanks to Rafizi Ramli and Khairy Jamaluddin over their show of support regarding her resignation as PKR vice-president.
She said Rafizi Ramli, was the best candidate for the party deputy president, a position he lost to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali in the recent party polls.
“Thank you, fellow comrade, Rafizi Ramli. Although you were not successful in the party elections, you were successful in convincing me that the best option was supporting you as the deputy (president) candidate.
“May Allah protect the idealism of our struggle together. Let us move forward,” she said in a series of tweets on Monday (Dec 17).
Rafizi had said Nurul Izzah was a reformist and a fighter, adding that the reformasi idealism was more important for her than posts, ranks or power.
Nurul Izzah described Khairy, who is Rembau MP, as an inspiration.
“Thank you, YB Khairy Jamaluddin. You have been an inspiration from across the bench, since 2008.
“Can’t imagine Malaysia without your towering political footprint. Rooting for you, albeit as a mere MP now - but rooting nonetheless,” she said.
The former Umno Youth chief praised Nurul Izzah as an exemplary MP and a worthy opponent.
In a related matter, PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin said Nurul Izzah’s decision to resign should be respected by the party leadership and members.
“I believe her decision was made after she has thought deeply about it from various aspects.
“The next step forward regarding this issue must be based on any plans by the party’s president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” she said in a statement.
Nurul Izzah resigned as vice-president of PKR and relinquished her appointment as the chair of Penang PKR earlier Monday.
The Permatang Pauh MP said that she would remain a member of the parliamentary backbench committed to reforms.
“My only regret is that I should have made this announcement sooner, but it has not been an easy decision to arrive at.
“The pace of political developments has been relentless for the last nine months, with party elections following a gruelling general election campaign,” she said in a statement.