PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has denied that he considers his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali a threat with regard to the prime minister’s post.
Anwar also claimed to have the support of PKR lawmakers, Pakatan Harapan and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be the next prime minister.
“So what is the issue?” Anwar told reporters this morning when asked if his call for Azmin to resign if a sex video implicating the latter proved to be authentic and is related to the tussle over the prime minister’s post.
“Let me say this… MPs are with me. Harapan has made a categorical stand that there is no change (on who becomes the next prime minister). The prime minister and I have weekly meetings.
Also present at Anwar’s press conference in the Parliament lobby were two MPs who had inked a joint statement in support of Azmin.
The statement from 26 PKR leaders and senior members, including 14 MPs, had also urged Anwar to stop making divisive statements on the matter.
Speculation has been rife that Mahathir and certain powerful personalities aligned to him preferred Azmin, who is also economic affairs minister, to inherit the reins.
Time to heal cracks in PKR, says Zuraida
ZURAIDA Kamaruddin, one of the signatories of the statement from PKR leaders chiding Anwar Ibrahim over the sex video scandal, said today there are clear cracks in the party.
The PKR vice-president, however, said it is time for the party to heal the cracks and strengthen the party.
Tensions are apparent following a sex scandal allegedly involving party No. 2 Mohamed Azmin Ali.
“Yes, there is one of course on the perception and the media is blowing it up.
“I think it’s time for (PKR) to start consolidating and strengthening the party. So it is up to the president (Anwar) to clean up our backyard,” Zuraida said when asked if there are cracks in the largest party in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
The party should unite and find the culprits behind the sex clips, she said, adding that this is the best time for Anwar to act.
Zuraida was referring to a statement earlier today by 28 PKR central committee members and lawmakers who hit out at Anwar for not standing by his number two.
“I think it’s time that we should come together and reject gutter politics.
“We need to find the conspirator and the party has to unite and this is the right time for Anwar to do so.”
Zuraida hoped that something good would come out of the statement seeing that Anwar had accepted what the 28 have had to say.
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