I was pressured to withdraw Perak speaker candidacy, says PKR leader

PKR Srikandi chief Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail says she withdrew her candidacy with a heavy heart. (File pic)

PETALING JAYA: A PKR leader has claimed that she was pressured into withdrawing her candidacy for the Perak state assembly speaker’s post as DAP wanted the post to go to Beruas assemblyman Ngeh Koo Ham.

In a Facebook post, PKR Srikandi chief Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail said PKR had asked DAP to make way for their candidate since the latter was already holding five of the 11 executive councillor’s posts. However, DAP refused to budge.

“I was asked to withdraw my candidacy and I did so with a heavy heart. It’s not because I’m afraid or that I’m bowing to DAP but I don’t want to negate the people’s government and we shouldn’t victimise the people because of position and power”, she said.

She claimed PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail even penned a letter to all Perak Pakatan Harapan chairmen to give way to PKR but “those who were arrogant remained arrogant”.

Siti Aishah also claimed she was also pressured by Amanah’s state exco and former menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to withdraw her candidacy and support Ngeh.

She also said Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming allegedly pressured PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim on the matter, adding that the party also took their case to Perak MB Faizal Azumu.

“DAP wants the position and they claimed I was too young and not so fluent in English. In the end, Amanah backed DAP and received the deputy speaker’s post,” she said.

Siti Aishah later told FMT that her FB post should be seen as open advice to the leadership to practise a culture of teamwork.

“The culture of monopolising power should no longer be practised in PH and in its place, there should be respect for other leaders.”

Earlier today, Ngeh was appointed the Perak state assembly speaker, while Amanah’s Aminuddin Zulkipli was appointed deputy speaker.