KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has called on PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali to remain calm over his dissenting views on the party president's recent appointment of leaders.
"Keep cool, cool," she told the press at KLCC on Monday (Dec 31) night.
The Deputy Prime Minister made a brief stop about an hour prior to the New Year countdown for a street preaching (street dakwah) social programme organised by the National Union Of Malaysian Muslim Students.
She was asked about Azmin airing his dissatisfaction in the public over PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's appointments, which saw former vice-president Rafizi Ramli being reinstated to his old post.
Also present was Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
When asked if Azmin's action was good for the party, Dr Wan Azizah said; "There are ways and means to tell the new president about certain things.
"I think (Azmin should) let the new president lead the party. We have actually chosen him (to lead). And as he said, it is the prerogative of the president, who is also the unity factor in the party," she said.
When asked about reports saying that Azmin might challenge Anwar for the party's presidency in the future, Dr Wan Azizah said anybody could do that.
"Anybody can challenge (Anwar). I remember, even in Umno party in the past (someone) challenged (former Umno president) Datuk Onn Jaafar.
"It happens in any political party," she added.
Meanwhile, Syed Saddiq, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Armada (Youth) chief, said the majority of the Youth movements of all Pakatan Harapan component parties were against solicitation for contracts and positions from those in power.
"Malaysian citizens are not stupid.
"In the New Malaysia, we want to ensure that we follow the due process. We take out the politics of patronage in order for us to move forward. We need to ensure that those who deserve it are the ones who get it," he said.
Pribumi vice-president Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman had reportedly said on Sunday that the gains by the party must be protected at all costs – even through granting contracts to party division chiefs.
He said division chiefs must not be left behind when the party moved forward. And this included granting contracts to them so they could defend their seats in the next general election.
When asked on calls for Rashid to step down, Syed Saddiq said it was best for it to be discussed "in the presidential council".