“Unfortunately, in a short period of time after I made the effort to resolve (the differences) with president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, this kind of situation arose in the congress on Saturday,” Azmin told a press conference yesterday afternoon flanked by senior party leaders aligned with him, such as vice-presidents Zuraida Kamaruddin, Tian Chua and Ali Biju as well as women’s wing chief Haniza Mohamed Talha, her deputy Dr Daroyah Alwi and deputy youth chief Hilman Idham.
After a group of delegates walked out of the congress at around 3pm, supporters of Azmin gathered at a hotel in Ayer Keroh here.
A meeting was held before a joint press statement was issued to express disappointment with Anwar and the provocative anti-Azmin speeches made by delegates said to be supporters of the president.
At the press conference, Azmin said that during the “peace meeting” on Wednesday, Anwar and other party leaders aligned with the president had agreed to only table issues affecting the grassroots, and to avoid hurting, poking fun at or slighting anyone.
Azmin also slammed Anwar’s keynote address during the congress, saying that “the president’s speech clearly opened the path for delegates to launch personal attacks against other leaders”.
He added that the selection of delegates given the chance to address the congress was one-sided.
The pro-Azmin group also said awards given out in conjunction with PKR’s 20th anniversary were unfair.
Two leaders on Azmin’s side, Tian Chua and Datuk Dr Mansor Othman, received the awards, compared to six from Anwar’s camp including former president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
Azmin insisted that Anwar had failed to keep his promises, resulting in certain leaders and delegates being unable to continue sitting through the congress.
Earlier, Azmin told the media that justice should be taught from home and instilled in the party before it carried out its struggles.
His remarks came a day after the brawl between two different factions which happened at the PKR Youth and Women wings’ congress.
Azmin also said he had hoped the meeting between him and Anwar in Parliament on Wednesday would address several “fundamental issues” within the party.
Asked by reporters to elaborate on the “fundamental issues”, Azmin merely said it was “justice”.
“Justice starts from home. It has to be implemented in the party before you can promote the principles of justice,” he told reporters when met on the sidelines of the PKR national congress yesterday.
Azmin also said he agreed with Anwar’s call for an end to factionalism in PKR.
“That was the reason why I took the initiative to gather several elected central committee members to attend the Wednesday meeting, to put in letters to him to seek his guidance, to sit down and discuss,” he said of the meet-up with Anwar during a special political bureau meeting in Parliament.
He added that all decisions by PKR should be made in accordance with the party’s constitution and procedures that it had adopted for the past 20 years since its inception.
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