MELAKA: PKR information chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin (pic) questions why certain groups within the party are not supporting party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the eighth prime minister.
He pointed out that other component parties in Pakatan Harapan had no qualms with regard to Anwar succeeding Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the next premier.
“His thinking and experience qualifies him to be prime minister. Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and DAP have agreed with it.
“Why then are there some among us who are not really supporting it (Anwar as next premier)?” he asked.
Shamsul acknowledged that there was discontent among PKR members, but pointed out that they must be the bigger person in order to ensure that Anwar becomes the next prime minister.
“That is why I urge those dissatisfied members who walked out to come back in again. Why do you want to prolong this?
“I know we are angry. I’m also angry. But, we must have a big heart. We cannot have any little room that can stop our president (Anwar) from becoming the eight prime minister.
“I apologise if some are offended because I’m from Melaka and we speak rough, ” he said during his winding up speech at the PKR National Congress on Sunday (Dec 8).
Earlier, PKR convention director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad acknowledged that factionalism exists within the party, saying that it’s the choice of party members as the party celebrates differences in opinion.
“But, in this hall there are boundaries and discipline. That is why I give full support to the president’s statement, that disciplinary action will be taken against anyone involved in shaming the party, ” he said.
Without mincing his words, Nik Nazmi said Malaysians were already tired of infighting and indiscipline within PKR.
“We are political animals. But, the public have a very different perception and they are not interested.
“It will come to a time when the people say enough is enough, ” he said. “So, I’m pleading with all of you, enough with the fights and enough sulking. Return to your areas and divisions and start working for the struggle, ” he added.
On Saturday (Dec 7), about 100 individuals staged a walkout during the congress after claiming that speeches by delegates were mostly critical of party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Azmin, in a joint statement along with several PKR central committee members, claimed that Anwar’s speech on Saturday (Dec 7), which began with a story of Si Kitol and Raja Mendeliar on the history of Melaka, had triggered personal attacks by delegates.
On Friday (Dec 6), two individuals were injured and another two were arrested following a brawl taking place at the PKR Youth and Women’s wing congress.
PKR has been recently marred by infighting between leaders aligned to the respective factions of Anwar and Azmin.
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