Stop collecting signatures to voice support, say senior PKR leaders

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  • Friday, 26 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: Close ranks and stop collecting signatures to support PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or his deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, say several senior party leaders.

The leaders, who included Tian Chua and Zuraida Kamaruddin, said the move to collect signatures in support of Anwar should not be done as he was still the president, as agreed by party members.

They added that there was no need to question Azmin's loyalty as he was not only a co-founder of the party but a key player in the success of PKR in Pakatan Harapan. 

PKR vice-presidents Tian Chua and Zuraida Kamaruddin called upon Anwar to put a stop to the collection drive and end the political drama.

"We should close ranks. 

"Everyone agreed during the last (party) election and the recent retreat that Anwar is the president," said Chua on Friday (July 26).

Separately, Zuraida questioned the movement to get signatures of grassroots leaders to support Anwar. 

"He won uncontested in the last party elections. What is the justification to collect the signatures now?" she asked.

On Friday (July 26), Pahang PKR, led by its chief Fuziah Salleh, said 10 out of 14 division chiefs had pledged their allegiance to Anwar. 

This followed attempts in the last few days by some PKR leaders to drum up support for either Anwar or Azmin.

Party leaders are seen to be split between the two after they bickered openly during the height of the recent sex video scandal, which has ensnared Azmin.

A number of those aligned to Anwar were also arrested by the authorities.

"This gives rise to instability within the party. I believe everyone is tired of this political drama," said Zuraida. 

She also said questioning Azmin's loyalty to PKR was uncalled for as he had sacrificed much to build the party when Anwar was still behind bars. 

"It is impossible for Azmin to abandon the ship when the party is at its height of success," Zuraida asked. 

PKR women wing chief Haniza Talha said those who collected signatures to support Anwar only served to split the party. 

"There is no need for such a move as he won uncontested. All of us have agreed that he should lead the party. 

"This also goes against the call by the president himself to unite," said Haniza.


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