Zuraida admits different ‘camps’ competing in PKR polls

Outgoing PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin says the existence of camps in PKR is a non-issue.

KUALA LUMPUR: Outgoing PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin today admitted that there were several camps within the party in view of the coming PKR polls, but said it was a non-issue.

“In any battle, there are camps. If there is none, then there is no fight. Am I right?” she said at the Parliament lobby.

Zuraida, who is also housing and local government minister, also said that there was nothing wrong with having different camps competing in a party election, adding that it was part of democratic practices.

“Democratic practices allow people from any faction to contest and we should let them contest. After that, they can be friends.”

Earlier this month, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail brushed aside allegations that there were two camps or groups in the party, one supporting her and the other supporting her husband Anwar Ibrahim.

“There are are no camps… we are one camp,” she was quoted as saying.

Recently, party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution, had claimed that there were two camps in the party, with one faction calling for Wan Azizah to stay on as president while the other wanted her to step down and make way for Anwar, as part of the preparation for him to replace Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Zuraida also said she had yet to decide on which post to contest in the party election.

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