Zuraida: Azmin to lead nationwide tour on govt policies

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  • Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019

PETALING JAYA: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali is set to lead a nationwide tour to explain to the party grassroots the policies of the government in an effort to redeem the party’s image, says PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.

“It will be handled by about 70 NGOs and talk on the National Community Policy. We will start with Selangor in January.

“The tour would capitalise on party machinery to promote government policies to the grassroots, similar to the campaign to topple Barisan Nasional prior to the last general election,” said Zuraida, also the Housing and Local Government Minister.

As to whether she felt that using ministerial policies to further party causes was an abuse of her minister position, the Ampang MP said it was not a problem as long as government policies were being filtered to the people.

It is understood that Azmin’s political secretary Hilman Idham would be heading the secretariat for the nationwide tour.

Zuraida said that although she first announced the tour at PKR’s “Shared Prosperity Vision 2030” dinner on Sunday – after a fiery speech attacking her president – it did not mean the tour was meant to oust Anwar.

The National Community Policy, launched last February by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was formulated by Zuraida’s ministry to address social issues faced by the community of housing premises, particularly at low-cost housing programmes across the country.

The main objective of the policy is to empower and encourage the resident communities to be active in the management and maintenance of public and common properties.

A PKR source said this nationwide tour is actually Azmin and his team’s way of telling off Anwar and those aligned to him for not having acknowledged their services as ministers during the PKR National Congress.

PKR has been rife with infighting in the past few months with factions aligning themselves to either Anwar or Azmin.

Selayang MP William Leong, who is aligned to Anwar’s team, said those planning the explanation sessions were rebels without a cause.

“They had their opportunity to explain their cause at the party national congress in Melaka but they refused to do so.

“They had taken potshots at Anwar outside the congress. Party meetings are the places to go to if you are not happy with the decisions of the party,” he said.

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