KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Tian Chua, in reiterating his loyalty to the party leadership, today lashed out at those “sowing seeds of suspicion and conflict” between Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali.
He said in a statement it was time to stop mobilising support for Anwar or Azmin and to focus on healing and the rebuilding of trust.
“Let us put aside factional rivalry and stop all sectarian manoeuvres. We shall accept the decision of the membership (in the last party election) and give undivided support to (our) president and deputy president.”
Tian Chua said there was a “vicious agenda with the hideous objective of causing public confusion” regarding PKR.
He said some within the party were overzealously displaying support for “this leader and that leader”, resulting in the undermining of party unity. A divided house, he said, would invite outside interference and could lead to self destruction.
“PKR is one of the pillars of Pakatan Harapan. Turbulence in the party will inevitably affect the stability and performance of the PH government. Sensibility, rationality and mutual respect must prevail against emotional sectarian mobilisation.”
Tian Chua said party members should not forget the origins of PKR and its principles.
“Anwar Ibrahim and his suffering have inspired thousands of Malaysians like me to join the movement for change. I have dedicated 20 years of my life to this struggle. I will take it as a serious insult if anyone, especially newcomers in the party, question my loyalty, either to Anwar or the party.”
Saying “unquestionably Anwar is our leader”, he noted that even though leaders such as Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and deputy president Azmin carried on the work while Anwar was in prison, Anwar was the inspiration behind it all.
“I hereby wish to reiterate my stand that as a member of PKR I give full support to Anwar Ibrahim to exercise his mandate as party president and eventually assume the premiership according to Pakatan Harapan consensus.
“Meanwhile, it is my responsibility to vehemently preserve and defend the unity of president, deputy president, and the national leadership in entirety. I would not allow anybody with ulterior motive to destroy this unity.
“Those who try to harm the relationship of president with deputy president and various vice-presidents are advancing the agenda of PH’s enemies. Their actions to destabilise the cooperation and harmony of the party leadership will be detected and exposed by party members at the grassroots and to the public at large,” he said.
Tian Chua said the people expected the party to perform and deliver economic progress, social welfare and good governance.
“PKR as the largest component party in the PH has a heavy burden. We should not let our internal contradictions continue to deteriorate. We need a lot of concerted and level-headed efforts to resolve issues in order to be back on track in serving the people,” he said.