Anwar tells Azmin: Use proper channels instead of going to the media

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 Dec 2018

PORT DICKSON: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has been told to use proper channels when raising party matters instead of going to the media.

President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said although his deputy was entitled to his personal views, party matters should be discussed within the organisation.

Anwar was asked to respond to a statement by Mohamed Azmin earlier Saturday (Dec 29) urging the former to review the appointments to the party's central leadership council (MPP) line-up.

Mohamed Azmin had claimed that the appointments did not reflect the member's principle of "fair and just representation" and would not help the party to move forward.

Anwar said he had decided to be inclusive when making the new appointments.

"I want to be inclusive... he wants some people out.

"I want everybody in... that's the difference," he told reporters after launching the Anwar Ibrahim Cup football tournament.

Anwar had appointed among others former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, who lost in the deputy presidency race to Mohamed Azmin, as vice-president.

He also announced the appointments of Tanjung Malim MP Chang Lih Kang and Saratok MP Ali Biju as vice-presidents, with Ali representing Sabah and Sarawak.

Anwar in a statement on Friday said the new MPP line-up was a mix of leaders from across the country representing groups of various races, religions and ages, which was the core strength of PKR.

Hang Tuah Jaya MP Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin was named the party's information chief while Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was announced as PKR's supervising secretar

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail remained as secretary-general while Semambu assemblyman Lee Chean Chung was appointed PKR treasurer-general.

Anwar said he had also appointed individuals from Mohamed Azmin's faction as vice-president.

"I know he is very personal against one or two candidates.

"But I have taken everybody in, including people from his faction.

"The important thing is that you cannot deny the need to bring everybody in," he added.

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