Azmin loyalist Zuraida admits split in PKR

PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.

KUALA LUMPUR: One of PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali’s staunchest supporters, Zuraida Kamaruddin, has admitted to cracks in the party, although she prefers to use the term “school of thought” to describe opposing stands in the gay sex video controversy.

She said while the cracks are real, outside factors are making them worse.

“Perception and the media are blowing it up, but I think, yes, it (the split) is happening,” she told reporters at Parliament today.

She also urged leaders who are at loggerheads over the gay sex video controversy to close ranks.

Zuraida was among 27 PKR Central Leadership Council members and MPs who issued a statement today criticising party president Anwar Ibrahim for suggesting that Azmin should take leave if the videos prove authentic.

Zuraida said she and her colleagues have a different view.

“Those of us who signed (the statement) come from a different perspective or different school of thought, so I think it is high time to bring these schools of thought together,” she said.

She said the arrest of Anwar’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak as part of police investigations into the distribution of the video was puzzling.

“I hope that with this turn of events, it will offer an opportunity for the party to start consolidating the rank and file and the leadership,” she added.

Former Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Aziz had openly admitted that he was one of two men shown in the videos.

Haziq also named Azmin as the other man, a claim rejected by the economic affairs minister who pointed fingers at a conspiracy to end his political career.