PETALING JAYA: Despite brawls, dramatic walkouts and veiled attacks at PKR's previous national congress in 2019, party secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail believes the party's 15th national congress this year would be a peaceful affair.
This was because most PKR divisions across the country have held their annual general meetings (AGMs) at which party leaders showed commitment to focus on issues concerning the general elections, the party and the people, said Saifuddin.
"There are only two or three divisions that asked for an extension. Compare that with the total of 222 divisions, and it is quite an achievement.
"From the report we got based on the AGMs by party divisions, leaders were focussed on issues about the elections, strengthening the party and rakyat issues.
"It gives an early picture that what happened previously, will not happen in this congress. That is my confidence that I can share with you," he told a press conference at PKR's headquarters in Merchant Square here on Monday (May 3).
Saifuddin was present with chief organising secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who was appointed director of this year's national congress.
PKR's 15th national congress will be held on June 5 and 6 at Dewan Raja Muda Musa, Section 7, Shah Alam.
Saifuddin explained that PKR and its youth wing's national congress will be held concurrently on June 5, while the central level PKR will hold its national congress the following day.
"It is different from the previous national congress which was a three-day affair," Saifuddin added.
Saifuddin also said only 1,000 PKR delegates will be permitted to be physically present at the national congress this year due to restrictions to stem Covid-19.
Saifuddin said there will be debates on party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's policy speech during the two-day event.
"The debates will only have one motion, which is on the president's policy speech. From there, state representatives will debate on the angles of health, politics and issues concerning the rakyat."
Saifuddin also said the national congress will be unlike previous years where debates were broken down into segments of economy, religion, education, and politics.
"As we are currently facing a pandemic, this year's national congress is focussed on economy and health."
In December 2019, the rival factions of Anwar and former ally Datuk Seri Azmin Ali clashed in PKR's national congress in Melaka, where a commotion escalated into scuffles involving about 50 individuals.
Prior to Azmin's departure from PKR, the party saw infighting between leaders aligned to the respective factions.