KLANG: In an immediate response to former Selangor PKR women chief Dr Daroyah Alwi's sudden resignation from the party, her former colleagues from the state women's wing say they are not surprised with her move.
"We were expecting her impending departure from the party and are prepared to continue upholding the reformist agenda and defend the Selangor state government," said a statement signed by Bukit Melawati assemblyman Juwariya Zulkifli, Batu Tiga assemblyman and Selangor exco member Rodziah Ismail, Permatang assemblyman Rozana Zainal Abidin and Selangor PKR deputy woman chief Sangeetha Jayakumar.
The statement was also endorsed by women chiefs from the Sungai Besar, Hulu Selangor, Tanjong Karang, Kuala Selangor, Selayang, Pandan, Hulu Langat, Bangi, Puchong, Petaling Jaya, Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Shah Alam, Kapar, Klang, Kota Raja, Kuala Langat and Sepang divisions.
Although almost the entire Kapar division leaders resigned en bloc with Dr Daroyah, division women wing chief Letchumy Munusamy did not follow suit.
The statement said that Selangor's women wing will continue upholding the reformist agenda, as well as champion women's issues in the state.
"Leaders come and go, but our goals will remain unshaken as capable and stoic leaders continue leading the women's wing under the leadership of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari at the national and state levels respectively," it said.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Kapar MP and PKR central committee member Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid said the bulk resignation in Kapar was a good move, as the party was being purged of detractors.
He dismissed Dr Daroyah's statement that the spate of resignations in Kapar could bring the division down.
"The Kapar division has 20,000 members.
"It is not going to crumble just because 48 people quit," he added.
Abdullah Sani also claimed that some 438 party members had either been suspended, or issued with show cause letters by the party.
"This will also not affect PKR, which has a membership of about 1.2 million people," he said.
He added once the party loses all its detractors, only genuine and loyal members would be left in PKR.
"Together, we will strengthen and take the party to greater heights," he said.
Among the top leaders who have faced the party leadership's wrath are PKR stalwart Tian Chua, who has been issued with a show cause letter and its women's wing chief Haniza Talha, who has been suspended.
On another matter, Selangor Speaker Ng Suee Lim said he was awaiting Dr Daroyah's resignation letter as Selangor Assembly Deputy Speaker.
"Once the letter has been received and the necessary has been done, the new Deputy Speaker will be appointed when the Selangor state assembly convenes on July 13," he added.