Don’t distance yourself from party problems, Saifuddin Nasution told

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

PETALING JAYA: PKR Central Leadership Council (MPP) member Zakaria Abdul Hamid has called on the party’s secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail to settle internal problems before things get worse.

In a statement released today, Zakaria said he was disappointed with Saifuddin for distancing himself from the internal problems plaguing the party.

“The party’s administrative confusion is becoming even more apparent with his unprofessional statements.

“Recently, I came to know that he agreed to allow the deputy prime minister to officiate the Dec 6 PKR Youth Congress when she does not hold any position in the party at all.

“In my opinion, this is not the ‘new politics’ that he upholds, but it’s old-fashioned politics that’s feudal — only following orders like a puppet that’s controlled by invisible hands.”

Zakaria said Saifuddin needed to manage party matters better.

“Performance-wise, he has no direction.”

Recently, several PKR Youth leaders hit out at Saifuddin for allegedly withdrawing the invitation for PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali to officiate the youth congress.

In a joint statement, the group, led by deputy youth chief Muhammad Hilman Idham, said this move by Saifuddin gave the impression that the party was fraught with crises.

They also said the decision was against the spirit of the congress and that of the party.

“It sends the wrong message and sets a bad example for the new generation in the party,” they said.

Yesterday, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim said the decision to withdraw the invitation to his deputy to open the youth congress was made by the party’s MPP.

He denied it was a decision by the secretary-general, as claimed. Saifuddin was accused of triggering a “leadership crisis” after he rescinded the invitation.

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.

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

PKR Youth chief Akmal Nasir had said Azmin had failed to respond to the invite to open the youth congress, six weeks after it was sent.

He also said Azmin had failed to turn up for the MPP and political bureau meetings for a year and often issued conflicting statements.

“If a person decides to skip meetings and has no discipline, he no longer has any leadership qualities,” Akmal said.