Emulate Dr M on giving priority to party, Wan Azizah tells PKR leaders

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail at the dinner organised by the Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) and the Klang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCCI) in Shah Alam on Tuesday. She is flanked by ACCCIM president Ter Leong Yap (right) and KCCCI president Lim Kuang Sia. (Bernama pic.)

SHAH ALAM: PKR leaders and members should emulate Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as he still gives priority to party matters despite helming the nation the second time around, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said.

The deputy prime minister and women, family and community development minister said the reminder also applied to her as she is the chairman of PKR’s Advisory Council.

“If we were to use Dr Mahathir as a reference, he was prime minister before for 22 years and is now again holding the post but still gives room for party matters.

“Being in a party, we move up (get elected by members) based on party policies. So it is better for us to give priority to the party,” she told reporters after attending a dinner organised by the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) and the Klang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCCI) here on Tuesday.

Wan Azizah was commenting on media reports that several PKR leaders had skipped the party’s Central Leadership Council meeting last Sunday.

Among those named were PKR deputy president and Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, Selangor PKR chairman and Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari, PKR vice-president and Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamarudin and PKR women’s wing head Haniza Mohd Talha.

Wan Azizah said that although PKR was facing various challenges including the discipline of members, it was not something unusual for a political party.

“Before this, PKR had also faced challenges like when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR president) was jailed. This time, no one believes that PKR can overcome them.

“In fact, in the past, some had said that we (PKR) were a mosquito party but since then, we kept growing. Each challenge we face will only make PKR stronger,” she said.