Family members of PKR leaders caught in Anwar-Azmin crossfire

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  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019


MELAKA: Family members who are PKR leaders find themselves caught in the crossfire between party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

One instance is the father-daughter pair of Dr Xavier Jayakumar, whose daughter is Sangetha, the women's wing vice-president.

When met at the foyer of the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) at the end of PKR national congress on Sunday (Dec 8), Sangetha admitted she often engaged in arguments with her father, Dr Jayakumar, who is PKR vice-president.

"Yes, I argue a lot with my father about this (the Anwar-Azmin divide) but I think it's okay, as we are both mature (politicians)," she said.

Sangetha said she holds to the notion that Anwar is still the party president and no one can dispute this.

"But, we must not forget those who were with us from the beginning," she said.

Sangetha is often labelled as pro-Azmin while her father is said to be a staunch supporter of Anwar.

She was also booed for mentioning Azmin’s name during her winding-up speech, replacing women’s wing chief Haniza Mohamed Talha, who was absent from the congress.

To this, Sangetha said the delegates were emotional without understanding that they needed both leaders to unite, to make the party stronger.

"My intention in mentioning (Azmin) in the speech was to unite us.

"Remember, these were the leaders who struggled and were even detained by the authorities and we can't forget them," she said.

Earlier, Dr Jayakumar, in his speech, reminded the delegates of the sacrifices by the pioneers of the party with the trust that Anwar would lead and bring major changes in the country’s administration structure.

The Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister told the delegates that the pioneers of the party had built the party to where it was today.

He added that no one should stop Anwar from being the eighth Prime Minister as that has been agreed upon by Pakatan Harapan.

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