Zuraida: Nurul Izzah quitting PAC is no surprise

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  • Thursday, 28 Mar 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: There is nothing new about Nurul Izzah Anwar’s resignation from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), said PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.

This was because Nurul Izzah had quit various positions in recent months, said Zuraida, who is also the Housing and Local Government Minister.

“So I think Nurul Izzah’s resignation is nothing new because she had resigned from the TVET (Technical and Vocational Education Training) task force.

“She also quit as (PKR) vice president,” she told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Last Friday, Nurul Izzah left the PAC, signalling her unhappiness over Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee’s chairmanship of the committee as she believed that the post should be held by the opposition as stated in Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto.

According to Zuraida, she had advised the Permatang Pauh MP to consult top Pakatan leaders for an explanation regarding the matter before deciding to quit.

“But, before that was done, a public statement was made and I cannot do anything any more.”

Zuraida said she would leave it to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to decide on any action to be taken.

On Tuesday, Anwar said Nurul Izzah was entitled to her opinion and that as a family, they would continue to focus on Malaysia’s future and serve together under the Pakatan government led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Zuraida also dispelled talk that Nurul Izzah’s dissenting views was an indication of unrest within PKR.

“I wouldn’t say (it is unrest) because we celebrate difference of opinions; we are open to it.

“Everybody can say (what he/she wants). It is up to the president to look into it and decide on further action,” she said.

In December last year, Nurul Izzah caused a stir when she announced her resignation as PKR vice-president and Penang PKR chairman.

Her recent interview published in Singapore’s The Straits Times set tongues wagging as she accused Dr Mahathir of being a “former dictator”.

She later told reporters that despite backlash, she would continue to speak her mind.

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