TWO lawmakers who expressed support for deputy PKR president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali through a joint press statement had also shown their support for party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Seratok MP Ali Anak Biju and Willie Mongin (Puncak Borneo) turned up for a press conference at the Parliament lobby in support of Anwar.
Ali briefly spoke to the media when asked about his presence at the press conference.
“(I did that as a) call to unite the party, that is the issue at the moment,” said Ali who is also PKR vice-president yesterday.
Willie said despite signing the letter, he was just a normal party man.
“As a party man, I advocate all parties to stay united. We may have different views, we have to fight for each of our comrades that is accused of being involved in gutter politics.
“We reject gutter politics and the internal bickering would not benefit anyone in the party.
“To me, yes I sign the letter, my intention is to get the party united and stronger,” he said at the Parliament lobby when met later.
He said he was not in anyone’s camp and would support the party leadership.
Anwar in his press conference had acknowledged that he took the criticism by his fellow party colleagues in stride and as a reminder to keep the party united.
Earlier yesterday, more than 20 PKR leaders jointly rebuked Anwar for suggesting that Azmin needed to resign over the sex scandal video that went viral.
The leaders said Anwar’s statement was “inappropriate” and also based on “speculative assertions”.
Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah, who was one of the signatories, said it was not useful and appropriate to ask the PKR deputy president to take leave pending the police probe on his case.
“Because if you look at the Reformasi time, we didn’t ask anybody to step down. So, we are saying that we should wait for the police investigation, so that should be the end of story,” she said.
PKR vice-president Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin denied that there were any split in the party but said he sympathised with Azmin.
“We feel sorry for Azmin, he is under pressure,” he said.
He also said he had a short message for the group of PKR central committee members who asked Anwar to stop making divisive statements, by saying, “hide your strength and bide your time”.
Meanwhile PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar called for calm and urged party members to focus on unity.
“What is important is for every elected PKR leader be together with the Pakatan Harapan government in achieving a stronger economy,” he said in a statement issued yesterday.
The Kuala Langat MP regarded the sex video scandal as a worrying development which could undermine the strength of PKR.
Dr Xavier also said PKR had struggled to free Anwar from slander during the former Barisan Nasional administration.
“This was led by Azmin, as well as other leaders. PKR’s position today would not be a reality without contribution from these two leaders.”