Former PKR vice president Zuraida Kamaruddin said Anwar Ibrahim should start divert his focus towards his party’s internal squabble before aiming to become the prime minister.
The Minister of Housing and Local Government said it would chaotic for him to be prime minister if Anwar fails to strengthen PKR.
“Like what I have said before I quit the party, I think the party president should be be paying attention to the party and strengthen it before wanting to be the prime minister.
“If you don’t strengthen the party, and the party is weak, then how to become the prime minister?
“This is actually very basic,” she was quoted as saying.
She linked Anwar’s failure as party leader with the mass exodus of PKR members, adding that it should be served as a learning lesson – on what a party should do to improve.
Zuraida was among the former PKR MPs, sacked from the party in February with former deputy president Azmin Ali and other 9 MPs, which saw the collapse of the then Pakatan Harapan government.
Following that, several Pakatan Harapan also lost its power to govern several states.
The bunch of PKR MPs played a part in the “Sheraton Move”, together with Umno, PAS, Barisan Nasional and parties from Sabah and Sarawak.
When asked about Anwar’s gloomy chance to be nominated as the candidate for Pakatan Harapan’s prime minister post, Zuraida refused to get involved. She said the problem was prolonged since a long time ago between Anwar and Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“I do not know, I do not want to get involved.”
Zuraida said she wants to focus on her job in the Cabinet and serve her best as the government under the Perikatan Nasional, led by Muhyiddin Yassin.
When asked about the possibility of an increasing number of MPs to switch benches and support the Perikatan Nasional government, Zuraida just said, “Insya-Allah.”
She did not explain it further on whether they would be additional numbers of MPs to support the government or if the number would just stick the same.
PKR Central Leadership Council decided to sack five of its members including Haniza Talha with the recommendation from the disciplinary board.
PKR suspended Haniza’s membership since last April 6, for meeting Azmin and the former vice-president Zuraida Kamarudin at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur last February.
PKR Disciplinary Board chairman Ahmad Kassim explained that the other sacked four members were Deputy Chief of the Permatang Pauh Branch, Dr Afif Bahardin; State Assemblyman (assemblyman) Sg Acheh, Zulkifli Ibrahim; Sabah PKR Women Leader Rahimah Majid; and Penang PKR chief Nur Zarina Zakaria.
Haniza who is former Wanita chief described her sacking from PKR, as a way of the party to seek revenge against the members who were closely aligned with Azmin.
She said PKR was no longer focusing on its struggle to fight for justice for people’s welfare.
She said she has not received the official dismissal letter from the party, adding that she would remain as an independent elected representative and serve the people in Lembah Jaya.
1st July 2020 10:45
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