GEORGE TOWN: In efforts to strengthen the party agenda in the state, Penang PKR has taken to reshuffling the positions of councillors in the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Seberang Prai City Council and the Village Community Management Council (MPKK).
State PKR leadership council (MPN) acting chairman Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik (pic) said the decision was made during the MPN meeting at the state party headquarters in Bayan Baru on Saturday (June 27).
"In the meeting, the MPN decided to appoint coordinators in three PKR divisions to assist the management and existing divisional leaders until a reasonable period that will be decided later by the council," he said in a statement on Sunday (June 28).
Muhammad Bakhtiar said Teluk Tawar assemblyman Mustaffa Kamal Ahmad, Batu Uban assemblyman A. Kumaresan and Kebun Bunga assemblyman Ong Khan Lee will be appointed as coordinators for the Bagan Jelutong and Tanjung divisions respectively.
The trio will be replacing Alan Oh, Shaharudin Mohd Sharif and Chua Kheng Ee respectively who had quit the party and are now with NGO Penggerak Komuniti Negara (PKN) led by former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and former PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamarudin.
During the meeting, the MPN has appointed Johari Kassim, as the state election operations secretariat department chief and MBSP councillor Ahmad Rizal Hamid as the state PKR deputy treasurer.
He said looking at the importance of the role of women, the MPN decided to appoint state exco member Dr Norlela Ariffin to helm the PKR Wanita Bureau chief, replacing MBPP councillor Nur Zarina Zakaria who was the former state PKR Wanita chief.
Muhammad Bakhtiar urged state PKR members to be united in upholding the reformasi principles, integrity and continue strengthening the ties with Pakatan Harapan members in the state.
Last week, Seberang Jaya assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin, a close ally of Azmin, quit PKR to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
On April 14, PKR suspended him pending an investigation by the party's disciplinary board.
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