Anwar, Azmin supporters at prayer amid PKR tensions

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim recites prayers at his residence in Bukit Segambut, while his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali (third from left) is seen performing prayers at the at the official residence of the Selangor menteri besar.

PETALING JAYA: With PKR leaders Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali at odds with each other, supporters of the two leaders were coincidentally at prayer this evening in Shah Alam and Segambut.

The prayers come at the end of PKR’s three-day retreat in Port Dickson, marked by Azmin’s absence at scheduled events.

About 500 people gathered in Shah Alam for prayers at the official residence of the Selangor menteri besar, the position held by Azmin, who is PKR deputy president, before he became minister for economic affairs.

Among those present were PKR members and party leaders such as Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah and Penang state executive councillor Afif Bahardin, who said: “I’m here to show my support to Azmin, I’m against gutter politics.”

About 100 people were at Anwar’s residence in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur, for a regular weekly prayer session. Anwar, who is PKR president, told reporters who noted the coincidence that there was nothing unusual about the prayer session at his home.

Tensions have risen within PKR as Anwar and his deputy, and their supporters, appeared to be at odds after video clips of two men engaged in sexual acts were circulated online, at a time when doubts have arisen about whether Anwar would succeed Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister as promised in a Pakatan Harapan agreement.

The video clip involves former PKR division Youth leader Haziq Aziz and another man who Haziq alleged to be Azmin, an accusation that Azmin has strenuously denied. Police have declared that the video clip was most likely to be authentic but the identify of the person could not be verified.

Despite Azmin’s absence at the PKR retreat, Anwar said today that he and his deputy were still a team. However, Azmin and party vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin are among 20 people who have yet to sign a resolution supporting Anwar’s leadership.