Zuraida shoots down Zahid’s claim of anti-Mahathir plot

PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.

SHAH ALAM: A vice-president of PKR, Zuraida Kamaruddin, has rejected an Umno claim of an impending breakup of Pakatan Harapan, saying problems in the ruling coalition would not affect the credibility of the federal government.

The people would judge the government based on its performance, she said.

“So far, what I have seen is that the ministers and the ministries that we have today have shown an improvement in performance. They managed to adapt and they have shown compatibility and are able to carry out their duties,” she told reporters after opening the convention of the Selangor PKR Women’s wing.

She rejected Umno’s claim that internal squabbles would cause a PH collapse, describing the claim as mere slander meant to break apart the coalition.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had predicted a PH breakup earlier today in a speech at the opening of MIC’s 73rd general assembly.

He said that the government was struggling to remain relevant, and that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, chairman of Pakatan Harapan, was now walking alone as PKR, under Anwar Ibrahim, and DAP’s Lim Kit Siang were actively strategising against his leadership.

“No need to listen to the opposition; that is their job to create doubt. So, there is no need for us to pay attention to that,” said Zuraida, who is local government and housing minister.

“As a cabinet minister under Mahathir’s leadership, we must support and carry out the duties entrusted (to us by the Cabinet),” she said.

Selangor PKR leader Amirudin Shari.

Selangor PKR leader Amirudin Shari, who also attended the convention today, said Mahathir was not alone. Many Umno members were hopping to PPBM and many Barisan Nasional members supported PH.

“So do not say that Mahathir is alone. BN is the one that is getting smaller,” said Amirudin.

Zuraida was also asked about the absence of PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali at leadership meetings. She said: “It is quite a normal thing for a leader to skip a meeting. Some leaders have other duties to carry out, so it is not an issue.”

Amirudin: Serve people, not fight over who is No. 1, 2, 3 or 4 in government

Amirudin said Pakatan Harapan should reduce politicking and focus more on helping the people if it does not want to lose public trust and confidence.

“We need to prove that we are better than the previous government, and not be indulging in politics all the time as to who wants to be number one, two, three or four in the government,” he said, according to Bernama.

“We should remember the aspirations and wants of the people from us, the promises we made and the hopes we gave them throughout the campaign in the last general election.

“Avoid excessive politicking as we must work hard to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of the people as there is the reform agenda, expected of government institutions such as the Election Commission, the education agenda, the health agenda and so on.

“We need to do all these wholeheartedly so that the mandate we received in the last general election can be maintained in the coming general election,” Amirudin told reporters.

Amirudin, who is Selangor menteri besar, called on all Selangor PH leaders and members to continue to strive to uphold PH’s position as the ruling state government.

“Selangor PH is in a good position and this needs to be maintained. This state administration has been getting stronger over the past 10 years,” he said. “Selangor is an important centre in the context of national politics.”