SEREMBAN: The unanimous support given by PKR divisional leaders for the appointment of state liaison committee heads in several states has put the party in good stead to face the next general election, says its vice-president Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun (pic).
He said this clearly showed there was no split in the party as claimed by certain quarters following the recent party polls.
"It was nice to see the division leaders present to give their full support when party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced the appointment of liaison committee heads for Selangor, the Federal Territories, Negri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor,” he added.
The Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar said that this is clear proof that talk of a split or factions in PKR following the recent party polls is unfounded.
Aminuddin said this when speaking to reporters on Thursday (Aug 4) after presenting aid to students here.
On Wednesday (Aug 3), Anwar named his deputy Rafizi Ramli as the state chief for the Federal Territories and Johor while Aminuddin will continue to lead Negri Sembilan and also take over the top post in Melaka.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has been re-appointed as the state's party chief.
Aminuddin said Anwar has also instructed the new appointees to focus on the coming general election which could be held as early as October.
"The president has told us to use whatever time we have left to continue to strengthen PKR.
The recent party congress was a success with all members closing ranks and we need to continue to build on the momentum to face the national polls," he said.
Aminuddin said this was crucial as the party fared poorly in the Melaka and Johor state elections.
He said the Negri Sembilan Pakatan Harapan was also ready to face the polls.
"The state PKR machinery including Amanah and DAP are ready and we already held briefings several months ago,” said Aminuddin.
"All we need to do is to officially launch our election machinery," he added, saying that the distribution of seats in the state had yet to be finalised.
On a separate matter, Aminuddin also welcomed a proposed move by the DAP to amend its constitution to allow the party to sack any MP or assemblyman who fails to toe the party line on policy matters.
"PKR has many lawyers and we will study DAP's proposal to see how it can benefit us.
"It will be good to plug any loopholes there are so that voters will not have to worry about their wakil rakyat jumping ship after being elected," he said.
On Wednesday (Aug 3), DAP secretary general Loke Siew Fook said the proposed amendment was to plug a loophole in the recent tabling and passing of the Constitution (Amendment)(No.3) Bill 2022 in Parliament to wakil rakyat to jump ship.
Loke said the party amendment was necessary as under the Anti-Hopping Bill, MPs or assemblymen who are sacked from the party are not considered to have jumped ship.