PKR sec-gen kicks off 25th convention with stroll down memory lane


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  • Sunday, 21 Apr 2024

PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail kicking off the party's 25th annual convention at IDCC in Shah Alam.

SHAH ALAM: Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail kicked off the party's 25th annual convention by taking delegates on a stroll down memory lane.

The PKR secretary-general, who said he was feeling nostalgic, read letters he had received from party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in early 1999 when the latter was in prison.

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Discussing the proposed formation of PKR, Anwar had offered encouragement while calling for his compatriots to not lose sight of their struggles.

Saifuddin also narrated how PKR had, over the years, fallen down, but managed pick itself up over and over again.

"In 2004, when the party was quashed in the general election, no one wanted to come near us.

"Previously in 1999, we had won five parliamentary seats and five state seats," said Saifuddin.

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But in 2004, he added, PKR won only in Permatang Pauh with a mere 500 vote majority.

He said the party also lost the Lunas state seat in 2004, which he had won in the previous general election with a comfortable majority.

In spite of the downfall, said Saifuddin, Anwar had remained optimistic and encouraging.

Saifuddin also said that PKR had a total number of 1,153, 212 members nationwide to date.

Meanwhile, convention director Wong Chen announced that the party's 25th anniversary dinner will be held on May 11 at the Sentul Depot.

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