GEORGE TOWN: A political analyst has mooted Wan Saiful Wan Jan as PPBM’s best bet to lead the party’s chapter in Perlis as well as Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the state.
Kamarul Zaman Yusoff said the recent appointment of PPBM secretary-general Marzuki Yahya as the party’s chief in Perlis had not gone down well with the grassroots.
He based this on feedback received from three PPBM division leaders in Perlis who said Marzuki’s appointment had been met with some resistance.
Wan Saiful was removed as Perlis PPBM secretary in January by then-state party chief Ameir Hassan, to allow him to focus on his role as chairman of the National Higher Education Fund.
Ameir’s decision was later questioned as it coincided with a police report lodged by Wan Saiful on allegations of breach of trust and corruption against a fellow party member.
PPBM did not win any seats in Perlis in the last polls.
Kamarul also noted Marzuki’s move to sack a leader from the PPBM women’s wing, allegedly without consulting the wing chief or division leaders.
He said the grassroots were also upset with Marzuki’s decision to appoint himself as Arau PPBM division chief.
“Due to all these matters, it is now thought that it would be better if Marzuki could voluntarily pass his post as chairman of both Perlis PPBM and PH to a new, youthful and respectful leader like Wan Saiful,” he said.
Noting that Perlis PPBM elections are scheduled to be held by October, he said Marzuki has other, more important, duties to fulfil at the federal level which require him to strengthen the party as well as the government.
“The wishes of the grassroots need to be adhered to. This is reflected in the voices of the three PPBM divisional leaders,” he said.
“If the Perlis chief is from another place and cannot spend much time listening to them, then the fate of Perlis PPBM may be left hanging.”
In response, Marzuki said his post as chief of Perlis PPBM and PH is only temporary to allow him to sort out issues involving the state.
He said his role is to restructure troubled factions amid complaints of non-performance and quarrels. He added that the women’s wing chief was replaced due to claims of non-performance.
“As I have said before, my position is only temporary until all matters are resolved. I urge those who want to hold posts in the party to wait for the coming party elections.”