PETALING JAYA: A number of PKR central committee members and leaders have signed a statement saying party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should not have called for Datuk Seri Azmin Ali's resignation and "to stop making such divisive statements".
The statement, which was issued on Thursday (July 18), was signed by 27 people, which includes 23 PKR central committee members and four MPs.
They said that Anwar's statement was "inappropriate" but also was based on "speculative assertions".
"He should be focusing on the key issue here, which is that there is an organised attempt to use gutter politics to bring down political leaders.
"He should be more concerned about the criminal offences committed by this group who have systematically and widely distributed a video displaying sexual acts," the statement read.
Among those who signed the statement were party vice-presidents Zuraida Kamaruddin, Tian Chua, Ali Biju and Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
Also seen in the signatories were Wanita chief Haniza Talha and her deputy Dr Daroyah Alwi.
The MPs who signed were Tebrau MP Steven Choong, Ranau MP Jonathan Yasin, Puncak Borneo MP Willy Mongin, and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah.
The statement said as Azmin had denied it was him in the video, Anwar – as party president – should have stood by his deputy "in the interest of the party unity" and not to seek to undermine him using speculation.
The statement added that Anwar should also remember that since Reformasi, the party had defended him against identical tactics using sex videos and other means of gutter politics – even when the police chief in 2011 declared a sex video implicating him as genuine.
"He should remember Azmin has defended him and his family for more than 20 years against the same type of gutter politics.
"We reiterate that the party must stand firm against the kind of gutter politics used against Azmin. We will stand with Azmin and any other leader who are attacked using such unethical methods," it said.
The signatories also urged Anwar to stop making divisive statements, adding that he should work instead to unite the party in the interest of its members, Pakatan Harapan and the country.
The statement was signed by:
Central committee members
1. Zuraida Kamaruddin – vice president, Housing and Local Government Minister and Ampang MP
2. Tian Chua – vice president
3. Dr Xavier Jayakumar – vice-president, Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister, Kuala Langat MP
4. Ali Biju – vice president, Saratok MP and Krian assemblyman
5. Haniza Talha – PKR Wanita chief and Lembah Jaya assemblyman
6. Datuk Seri Dr Edmund R. Santhara Kumar – Segamat MP
7. Amirudin Shari – Selangor Mentri Besar and Batu Caves assemblyman
8. Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon – Deputy Speaker and Batu Pahat MP
9. Sivarasa Rasiah – Deputy Rural Development Minister and Sungai Buloh MP
10. Rahimah Majid – Sabah PKR Wanita chief
11. Elizabeth Wong – Petaling Jaya Utara PKR division chief and Bukit Lanjan assemblyman
12. Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah – Foreign Minister and Indera Mahkota MP
13. Zakaria Abdul Hamid
14. Mohd Radzlan Jalaludin – former Kota Damansara PKR coordinator
15. Datuk Dr Mansor Othman – Nibong Tebang MP
16. Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar – Deputy Transport Minister and Bandar Tun Razak MP
17. Azmizam Zaman Huri – Port Klang assemblyman
18. Gan Pei Nei – Rawang assemblyman
19. Hee Loy Sian – Kajang assemblyman
20. Lee Khai Loon – Machang Bubok assemblyman
21. Baru Bian – Works Minister and Selangau MP
22. Dr Daroyah Alwi – Wanita PKR deputy chief and Sementa assemblyman
23. Muhammad Hilman Idham – Gombak Setia assemblyman
Members of Parliament
1. Steven Choong – Tebrau
2. Jonathan Yasin – Ranau
3. Willy Mongin – Puncak Borneo
4. Maria Chin Abdullah – Petaling Jaya