PKR whip denies party in crisis

PKR’s parliamentary whip Johari Abdul says the party is solid.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR’s parliamentary whip Johari Abdul has denied that his party is in a “crisis” ahead of its leadership elections.

Speaking at the Dewan Rakyat lobby today, Johari also denied claims that PKR, being Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) biggest party, was dogged by factionalism.

“We have been here for more than 20 years, and we have been fighting each other in the past 20 years, but nothing has happened.

“No matter the outcome we are solid as a rock, like Gibraltar,” he said.

He took a swipe at Barisan Nasional (BN), saying PKR was not like the opposition parties that abandoned ship and split into different factions due to disagreements.

“This is not a crisis, the constitution allows us to choose the best,” he said.

Johari was responding to news reports of the rivalry between the party’s deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and vice-president Rafizi Ramli.

“We are totally different from other parties. We are not like the other parties where they have delegates.

“We don’t have delegates. Our party’s election is based on one-member-one-vote system.

“We are talking about 800,000 members coming to vote like a general election,” he said.

Rafizi yesterday unveiled his team of running-mates who will contest all top party posts in PKR’s upcoming election starting on Aug 24.

The team, which Rafizi named as “Reformasi 20 Tahun” (20 years of Reform), has pledged loyalty to PKR presidential candidate and current de facto leader, Anwar Ibrahim.

Talk is rife that the party polls will see a showdown between Rafizi and Azmin for the party’s second highest post.

“Anwar is coming back as president, and I think he needs a strong team and here we are, we are right behind him all the way. I believe we are the right team, the A Team,” Johari said.

“Rafizi has Anwar’s blessings.

“Well, he has not been saying no, so meaning to say the opposite of no is yes. This also means to say he (Anwar) has not indicated that Rafizi should be stopped from contesting.

“There has been a lot of consultation done between him (Anwar) and Rafizi.”

When asked if another vice-president, Nurul Izzah Anwar, was part of the team, Johari could not confirm her participation.

“Nurul was in Penang, I was there with Rafizi. She said she was joining, but unfortunately she could not make it. But she did not deny she is in the team,” he said.

Rafizi had yesterday also announced his line-up of vice-presidential candidates, namely Sungai Petani MP (Johari), Selayang MP William Leong and Sungai Siput MP S. Kesavan.