THE turmoil in PKR has worsened with the sacking of Kelantan Youth chief Mohd Hafidz Rizal Amran via WhatsApp today.
Hafidz received the message from the party’s Youth chief, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, this morning.
“I received a WhatsApp message from Nik Nazmi at 9.08am, stating that I’ve been sacked with immediate effect from the post of Kelantan Youth chief. I will issue a statement soon,” he wrote on Facebook.
The matter was confirmed by Nik Nazmi with The Malaysian Insight.
“The party’s Kelantan Youth chief will be replaced.
“The decision was made following a meeting between the central and state PKR Youth, which was attended by my deputy, Dr Afif Bahardin.”
He said Kelantan PKR chairman Ab Aziz Ab Kadir had been informed of the matter.
“The new state Youth chief will be announced soon,” said Nik Nazmi, who is also a Selangor state exco.
Conflict within PKR mounted when vice-president Rafizi Ramli said a special congress had to be formed immediately to resolves issues between PAS and the PKR-led Selangor government.
He said differences over the matter – whether to cooperate with PAS to maintain control of Selangor – had split the party and caused confusion among grassroots supporters.
MEANWHILE, according to Malaysiakini:
Hafidz was considered to have advocated a continued PKR-PAS collaboration despite PAS having formally severed ties with the party.
In showing dissatisfaction for the situation, eight out of fourteen Kelantan division Youth chiefs signed a petition to demand the central leadership remove Hafidz.
The petition has successfully gained more than half of signatures required, akin to a vote of no confidence against Hafidz.
The eight are from Pasir Mas, Tumpat, Pengkalan Chepa, Kubang Kerian, Bachok, Kota Baru, Pasir Puteh and Machang.
Leong fires first salvo
In May, PAS declared it has decided to end political cooperation with PKR. But the latter continues to be ambiguous on this matter
The issue took another twist when PKR deputy president Azmin Ali revealed two weeks ago that informal discussions are still taking place with the Islamist party.
The next day, Kelantan PKR announced it would retain its political appointments in the PAS-led state government, fuelling more unhappiness amongst the faction that wants PKR to cut ties with PAS.
Firing the first salvo, PKR’s Selayang MP William Leong resigned from the party’s political bureau, citing the continued engagement with PAS as the reason.
Meanwhile in Kelantan, PKR grassroots are collecting signatures in a bid to oust the party’s state chief Ab Aziz Ab Kadir and Hafidz Rizal Amran. The pair is seen to be close to PAS.
– https://www.themalaysianinsight.com / mkini