SEREMBAN: The unanimous support by PKR divisional leaders on the appointment of the various state chiefs has strengthened the party for the coming general election, says vice-president Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
The Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar said this clearly showed there was no split in the party as claimed by some after the recent PKR polls.
“It was nice to see the division leaders give their full support when party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced the appointment of the liaison committee heads for Selangor, the Federal Territories, Negri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor.
“This is clear proof that talk of a split or factions within PKR following the recent party polls is unfounded,” he told reporters after presenting aid to needy students here yesterday.
On Wednesday, Anwar named his deputy Rafizi Ramli as state chief for the Federal Territories and Johor, with Aminuddin continuing to lead Negri Sembilan and taking control of Melaka.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari was re-appointed as state party chief.
Aminuddin said Anwar instructed the state chiefs to focus on the general election, which he said could be held by October.
“The president has told us to use whatever time is left 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.
He added that this was necessary as the party had fared poorly in the Melaka and Johor state elections.
On the state of affairs in Negri Sembilan, he said Pakatan Harapan was ready to face the polls.
“The state PKR machinery, including that of Parti Amanah Negara and DAP, has been holding briefing sessions for several months. All we need to do is officially launch our election machinery,” he said.
On a separate matter, Aminuddin welcomed a proposed move by DAP to amend its constitution to allow the party to sack any MP or assemblyman who failed to toe the party line on policy matters.
“The PKR has many lawyers and we will study DAP’s proposal to see how it can benefit us. It will be good to plug loopholes so that voters will not have to worry about their representative jumping ship after being elected,” he said.
DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke had 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.
He said the party amendment was necessary as, under the Anti-Hopping Bill, MPs or assemblymen sacked from the party are not considered to have jumped ship.