Kuala Kangsar PKR paralysed after members snub PH candidates

KUALA KANGSAR: The PKR machinery in Kuala Kangsar has been paralysed following dissatisfaction from local party leaders over the selection of the Bukit Chandan candidate to represent Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the coming polls.

This forced Kuala Kangsar PKR chief Mohd Khair Mohd Zainal to move the division’s office to the third floor of a shophouse, where visitors are greeted with silence even as the election fever heats up ahead of nomination day tomorrow.

The only sign that it was a PKR office was a party uniform bearing Khair’s name hanging on the wall.

“We are now rebuilding,” Khair told FMT when met at the office today.

He said the problems in the division began when Perak PKR women’s chief Fatmawati Salim was not selected as the candidate for the state seat of Bukit Chandan.

This resulted in local PKR members refusing to help campaign for the party’s new candidate, forcing the party division’s office in Bukit Chandan to close down.

Khair said the current office was opened two weeks ago.

“We have to soldier on for Anwar Ibrahim,” he said, referring to the jailed PKR de facto leader.

“We still have to work hard to support Amanah,” he added.

PKR’s Lumut incumbent, former navy officer Mohamad Imran Hamid, will now stand in the Bukit Chandan state seat.

Khair said he was confident of PH winning in Kuala Kangsar this time.

Kuala Kangsar PKR chief Mohd Khair Mohd Zainal in his barren office after division members decided to sit out the election campaign.

In 2013, the seat, once held by former minister Rafidah Aziz, was won by Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad by a margin of 1,082 votes. He defeated PAS’ Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah, when the Islamist party was still allies with PKR and DAP.

But Khair warned that the opposition coalition’s candidate could lose support should those loyal to Fatmawati boycott the coming polls.

On Wednesday, five PKR division leaders in Perak held a press conference protesting their party logo being used by PPBM candidates.

Khair, who was present at the press conference, said he regretted attending the event, adding that he was not there to support the dissatisfied leaders.

“I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I had no intention of participating because I have no reason to be unhappy. The Kuala Kangsar seat is contested by Amanah, not PPBM.”

The four parties in PH, chaired by Dr Mahathir Mohamad, have decided to use the PKR logo in a show of unity after a failed attempt to register the coalition.

Khair said he had no problem if Mahathir used the logo.

“Seeing him wave our flag is a victory for us. It’s an acknowledgment of PKR,” he added.

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