Anwar-Azmin rival factions are an 'open secret', say PKR grassroots


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  • Saturday, 07 Dec 2019

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) and his deputy Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (left)

MELAKA: Despite a perceived truce between PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, party grassroots are saying that two factions led by the respective leaders still exists within the party.

According to Semporna delegate Jarani Majuni, it’s an open secret there are two camps in the party.

"I can't deny that but for me, Anwar is the best man to lead the party. He has experience and he is the founder of PKR.

"No one should deny Anwar's contribution to the party," he said.

Another delegate, Razak Kadir, who hails from Bera, Pahang, said that the two factions did not care that the rivalry could cause the party to implode.

"It’s time for us to work together, but they are still dwelling on the Team A and Team B issue,” he added.

Norhaizal Zin, another delegate from Pahang, also said that the existence of separate camps have been around for some time.

"I don’t agree with this separation of leadership and I want Anwar to lead the party without having camps,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abu Talib Bujang, a delegate from Sabak Bernam, said that Azmin’s faction has always been wary of purported attacks from Anwar’s faction.

"Azmin is a man who focuses on the development of the grassroots without any emphasis on politicking.

"I would always support Azmin’s style of leadership,” he said.

Another delegate from Kluang, Johor, Mark Matthew, faulted Anwar for the divide in the party.

He claimed that Anwar has not managed the structure of the party accordingly, which led to the disunity in PKR.

"Azmin is now seen as the best leader to lead the party,” he added.

Previously, growing internal tension between the respective factions of Anwar and Azmin subsided following the special political bureau meeting last Wednesday (Dec 4).

The growing tiff between Azmin and Anwar nearly triggered a "parallel congress” in Kuala Lumpur, but was called off after Azmin was allowed to officiate both the Youth and Women’s Wing congress in Melaka.

However, despite the truce between Azmin and Anwar, the PKR Youth and Women’s wing congress on Saturday (Dec 6) saw a commotion erupt into a brawl around 12pm,

Two people were injured after they were punched and pelted with stones, while two others were arrested.

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