Kelantan PKR head Ab Aziz Ab Kadir has appointed the recently sacked state PKR Youth (AMK) chief Dr Hafidz Rizal Amran as the new “coordinator” for state AMK.
Ab Aziz said he had done so because he did not recognise the sacking, nor the appointment of Mohd Khairul Amin Abd Rahman as the party’s new state youth chief.
He explained that the removal of Hafidz and the appointment of Khairul was undemocratic and did not fulfil PKR Youth’s rules.
“Article 14.4 of PKR Youth’s standing orders clearly states that negotiations with PKR Youth branches and the state PKR chief must precede the appointment of state youth chief.
“Unfortunately, (PKR Youth chief) Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad failed to go through this process.
“In view of this, I do not recognise the appointment of the new state PKR Youth leader,” said Ab Aziz in a statement today.
Ab Aziz did not explain in detail what the “coordinator” role will entail, but he did imply that it had an executive function because it will involve election preparations.
“I urge all PKR Youth branches in Kelantan to cooperate and work as a team to strengthen the party in the state.
“This is to smoothen the party’s preparations in the state in view of the upcoming general election,” he said.
He explained that this move was similar to how the party headquarters had appointed a “coordinator,” in the form of Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin, for Kelantan PKR.
Hafidz was sacked by Nik Nazmi on Aug 23 following a petition by eight out of 14 Kelantan PKR Youth chiefs calling for his removal.
Both Ab Aziz and Hafidz are facing a revolt in Kelantan PKR over their alleged support for cooperation between PKR and PAS.
End game: Booting PAS
Although PAS has officially cut ties with PKR at the national level, the PAS-ruled state government proceeded with appointing PKR leaders at various state government positions.
In a related development, Khairul today vowed to fulfil his mandate and welcomed the decision by the Pakatan Harapan leadership council to not pursue ties with PAS.
“On behalf of Kelantan PKR Youth, I stand firmly with the Kelantan PKR leader and I am ready to work towards Harapan’s goals of governing Kelantan and Malaysia in the next general election.
“I urge party members in Kelantan to bury the hatchet and unite in order to continue our service to the party and Harapan,” he said in his maiden press release today as Kelantan PKR Youth head.
‘Coordinator’ post akin to interference, says PKR Youth secretary
Kelantan PKR’s decision to appoint a “coordinator” for the state PKR Youth was tantamount to interference, said PKR Youth secretary Chang Lih Kang.
“This is not appropriate and is not in accordance with the party constitution.
“Our organisation does not accommodate a state PKR Youth coordinator. It does not exist in any state.
“The state PKR Youth chief is the sole representative of the members,” he told Malaysiakini.
Chang was asked to respond to Kelantan PKR chief Ab Aziz Ab Kadir’s decision to appoint Dr Mohd Hafidz Rezal Amran as the state’s PKR Youth “coordinator”.
Mohd Hafidz was removed as Kelantan PKR Youth chief on Aug 28 by PKR Youth head Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad while appointing Mohd Khairul Amin Abd Rahman as the replacement.
‘Everything above board’
Chang said PKR Youth only recognised Mohd Khairul Amin as the Kelantan PKR Youth leader and suggested that Ab Aziz give Hafidz Rezal a new designation to avoid confusion.
Meanwhile, Nik Nazmi refuted Ab Aziz’s allegation that the state PKR Youth branches and the state PKR head was not consulted over the Khairul Amin’s appointment.
“I did consult him. Everything was done in accordance with party regulations,” he told Malaysiakini.
Both Ab Aziz and Hafidz Rezal are facing an internal revoltover their alleged support for cooperation between PKR and PAS.