Amid rift in PKR, Anwar calls for unity in the party

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  • Friday, 19 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called for unity among members amid a widening rift with his deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali following the sex video scandal.

"Let’s take a step back and not lose sight of the issues that matter. 

"Looking forward to the Keadilan retreat - we stand united in addressing the plight of the rakyat," he tweeted Friday (July 19).

The Port Dickson MP was responding to a tweet by Cynthia Gabriel.

Earlier, the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) executive director tweeted, "Hello PKR.. u cannot fail us Malaysians who still strongly believe in a multiracial agenda for the future of this country.. you are the only political party that espouses this (sic).

"Wake up before its too late!!" 

On Thursday (July 18), Anwar downplayed the war of words between him and Azmin, saying he may have been misunderstood.

Anwar had suggested that Azmin should resign if he was conclusively identified as one of the two men in a viral sex video.

In response, Azmin said Anwar should "look at the man in the mirror".

PKR party leaders are set to gather in Port Dickson over the weekend, with the issue of the sex video implicating Azmin looming over them. 

Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be attending the retreat on Friday night. He is expected to give an address at the event.

PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin recently pointed out that there was a crack within PKR, and urged Anwar to "clean up" the party's "backyard". 

In response, party secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the three-day retreat is a more "appropriate" platform to discuss party problems.

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