Anwar renews criticism of Azmin after PKR youth congress controversy

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim says he follows decisions made at weekly or monthly meetings.

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim renewed criticism of his deputy, Mohamed Azmin Ali, following the controversy regarding the PKR National Youth Congress.

Azmin had previously alleged that there were “hidden hands” (“tangan ghaib”) in PKR Youth leader Akmal Nasir’s move to cancel an invite for him (Azmin) to officiate the PKR Youth Congress this Dec 6, now to be officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“Nobody should be arrogant in making decisions,” Anwar told reporters in Kuala Terengganu today when asked to comment on the issue surrounding Azmin and the PKR youth congress.

“This decision can only be made by the political bureau and the central leadership council (MPP), not by the secretary-general.

“It is a party decision made during its monthly meeting,” he said.

On the allegations by Azmin that there were attempts to stop him from advising the PKR leadership, Anwar reminded his deputy that the MPP meets every month.

“Political bureau meetings are held twice a month or weekly, while the MPP meetings are held monthly. Everybody can give their views, everybody can reject and debate. These are all decisions made at the MPP.”

Anwar added that any changes must be made during these meetings and not through threats or warnings.

“I follow the decisions made at these meetings,” he said.

Anwar also dismissed Sarawak PKR’s threat to cancel the Sarawak PKR Convention.

He said this was not the majority stance of Sarawak PKR.

Previously, Sarawak PKR leader Baru Bian, together with a few of the state’s party leaders, were not satisfied that Azmin’s invitation to officiate the youth congress had been cancelled.

Baru called off the state-level PKR convention set for Nov 23 until this “crisis” had been settled.

“That is only a few Sarawakian leaders… Most division leaders want the convention to continue, from what I observe and based on the decision by the convention’s committee,” Anwar said.