PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stands by his daughter Nurul Izzah's decision to step down as PKR vice-president, saying that it is completely in keeping with her character of someone who has always had the courage to stand up for her ideals and beliefs.
The PKR president said that he and Nurul had discussed her intention to step down at length.
"It is not my place to divulge details, but I do know that with the pace of political developments (having) been relentless for the last nine months," she is sick and tired of the deception and machinations of those who are far more interested in playing politics instead of focusing on helping the rakyat they purport to serve," Anwar said in a statement on Friday (Dec 21).
He gave the example of the people's disillusionment caused by the recent switching of parties by MPs to save their "political skins" or to "shore up power for nefarious ends".
On Monday (Dec 17), Nurul Izzah resigned as the PKR vice-president and relinquished her appointment as the Penang PKR chief.
Nurul Izzah said that she would remain a member of the parliamentary backbench committed to reforms.
She also said she would no longer serve the federal government in any capacity.
Anwar also said that Nurul stepped down despite being elected vice-president with an overwhelming majority and was appointed Penang PKR chairperson following a convincing majority of the state's division chiefs.
"This is an indictment of certain individuals within the party leadership ranks whose deceptive platitudes place individual greed above party unity," said Anwar.
He said that for the last 20 years, the "Reformasi" spirit had been burning within Nurul Izzah, who alongside fellow reformists, remained steadfast and persevered against a multitude of challenges as they remained true to its path.
"The 9th of May was a watershed for many reasons, but our victory in attaining greater democratic space will count for nothing if the agenda for reform is sabotaged.
"While I cannot deny that her decision is a great loss to not only PKR but to the entire nation, I call on all party members and indeed all Malaysians to respect her decision, and give her space to reflect on and ultimately decide on her next course of action.
"With her sense of duty and commitment, of placing the interests of the rakyat above hers, I have no doubt that she will continue to serve honourably and admirably," said Anwar.