6 PKR state chiefs set up council, declare support for Anwar

PKR state chiefs in a press conference at the party headquarters in Petaling Jaya. Standing (from left): Amran Kamarudin (Perlis), Halim Bachik (Melaka). Seated (from left): Zahir Hassan (Kuala Lumpur), Johari Abdul (Kedah), Azan Ismail (Terengganu) and Supardi Md Noor (Kelantan).

PETALING JAYA: Six PKR state chiefs have set up a council representing all state chiefs and signed a letter declaring their support for party president Anwar Ibrahim.

The six who declared their support are Amran Kamarudin (Perlis), Johari Abdul (Kedah), Halim Bachik (Melaka), Azan Ismail (Terengganu), Zahir Hassan (Kuala Lumpur) and Mohamad Supardi Md Noor (Kelantan).

Only they have signed the letter so far although the three-page document says that all 14 state chiefs have done so.

The others who have yet to sign are Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak (Perak), Aminuddin Harun (Negeri Sembilan), Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik (Penang), Christina Liew (Sabah), Baru Bian (Sarawak), Hassan Abdul Karim (Johor), Fuziah Salleh (Pahang) and Amirudin Shaari (Selangor).

Johari, who is coordinating the council, said they would meet more state chiefs at PKR’s retreat in Port Dickson this evening, in the hopes of getting others to sign the letter as well.

“All the signatures will be uploaded on the party website,” he told reporters at the PKR headquarters here.

He said the show of support was to strengthen the party and to ask for Anwar’s help in developing the states as their voices had been sidelined.

“We declare our support for the president,” he said. “We will meet others this evening to get their signatures.”

When asked if those aligned with deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali would refused to sign the letter, Johari said: “We will meet them.”

He said many of the state chiefs were not present as they are visiting their constituencies following the end of the Dewan Rakyat session yesterday.

The letter, copies of which were distributed to reporters, declares the leaders’ full support for Anwar and their confidence that Anwar will fulfil the pledges in the election manifesto.

“If anyone tries to weaken the party, we will fully support Anwar in any circumstances,” Johari said, adding that challenges are the norm in any political outfit.

When asked why the state chiefs were only supporting Anwar and not his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali, Johari said it was not about who the council is supporting. Rather, it is about making sure that the voices of state chiefs are heard, he said.

“The structure (of the party), everyone knows. This is about us, the state chiefs, not getting help,” he said, adding that the ministers and deputy ministers should also help them attend to the needs of the people.

He said the council feels that the leadership needs to put the interests of the people first.

“We gather here to ask the ministers how these interests can be met.

“All the attention is in Kuala Lumpur. What about us in Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan? How do we face the people?”

Johari said Pakatan Harapan had been in government for over a year now, and that “the honeymoon period is over”.

Asked about top cop Abdul Hamid Bador’s announcement that a political leader is behind the gay sex clips implicating Azmin, Johari said “his statement is professional”.

“The IGP is being helped by experts. He is doing his job.

“After he declares it is Mr A, B or C, the council will take a position.”