Prioritise party meetings, PKR leaders told after Azmin’s no-shows

PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil.

PETALING JAYA: Give priority to party events like central leadership committee (MPP) meetings, PKR advised its members and leaders today.

This followed the continued non-attendance at events by party deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali in recent weeks.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail reminded PKR members at today’s monthly MPP meeting that a “takwim” (schedule) detailing party events is sent out at least two to three months in advance for leaders to plan their events.

“The leaders have been advised to attend and give priority to these meetings so we can, as a party, better coordinate policies and decisions,” PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil told reporters here.

He said if these leaders still failed to show up, it was left to the party to decide on the next course of action.

“But for now, reminders have been given,” he said, adding that this had also been done through the press as well.

Asked if disciplinary action could be taken, Fahmi said that would depend on the PKR political bureau.

Azmin, who was recently implicated in a gay sex video, allegations which he has vigorously denied, was absent from a special party retreat in Port Dickson earlier this month, which Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad attended alongside PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

Among top leaders aligned to him and missing as well were vice-presidents Zuraida Kamaruddin and Ali Biju. They, together with vice-president Tian Chua, had all signed a statement critical of Anwar for his call urging Azmin to give up his Cabinet post if it was true he was the person in the sex clips.

Azmin did not attend today’s meeting and several others before this.

On whether the party is concerned that several party leaders, including Selangor PKR chief Amirudin Shari, have yet to pledge support for Anwar as has been done by most state chapters so far, Fahmi said this was a non-issue.

“I don’t think this matter arises any more because the MPP has adopted in full the resolution calling for unity at the PD retreat.”

On Zuraida’s call for an end to “political stunts which disrupt the process of nation building”, after party chapters began pledging support for Anwar, Fahmi said the leadership has resolved to move on from this issue.

He said the party should instead be focused on solving the problems of the people.

On whether PKR’s disciplinary board had instructed the party’s Perak chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak and Amirudin to explain their controversial comments against certain individuals in the party, Fahmi said this has not been relayed to the MPP or political bureau yet.

Farhash previously accused Azmin of “unnatural sex” while a source told FMT that Amirudin, who is also Selangor menteri besar, is expected to be summoned in relation to a speech made at a solat hajat event at his home.

Fahmi, who is Lembah Pantai MP, also said the party did not discuss speculation that Azmin may leave PKR for Gerakan.

Fahmi added that the party also did not discuss Mahathir’s comments today in his Chedet blog shooting down claims of having a contradictory stand over sex allegations affecting a past and a current member of his Cabinet, believed to be referring to Anwar and Azmin.