PKR Youth leader calls for action against deputy chief over Azmin stand

PKR Youth vice-chief Thiban Subbramaniam (left) says deputy Youth chief Muhammad Hilman Idham has gone against party regulations.

PETALING JAYA: A PKR Youth vice-chief has called for action against deputy chief Muhammad Hilman Idham as the tussle over who will officiate the wing’s congress next month continues.

Thiban Subbramaniam said Hilman’s insistence that PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali officiate the congress on Dec 6 despite an agreement that this would be done by Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail goes against party regulations.

He added that Hilman’s decision to hold a meeting without the green light from the PKR Youth leadership council was irresponsible, and criticised him for failing to show up at the party’s monthly meetings.

“Causing the party to squabble openly is intentionally done to smear the party’s image even though we have our official channels.

“Hence I suggest the party’s central leadership take stern action against Hilman,” he said in a statement today.

Last night, Hilman said the party’s national youth congress should continue with Azmin officiating the opening ceremony, maintaining that it was the tradition of the party.

He also said the initial invitation to Azmin was only for the closing ceremony.

The party’s deputy president is normally invited to open the national conventions of the party’s youth and women’s wings.

Hilman recently led a group of PKR Youth leaders in hitting out at the party’s secretary-general, Saifuddin Nasution, for allegedly withdrawing Azmin’s invitation to officiate the congress.

They said in a joint statement that the alleged move by Saifuddin gave the impression that the party was fraught with crises.

This sparked a war of words between PKR Youth chief Akmal Nasir and Azmin, with the latter calling Akmal a weak leader and claiming that hidden hands were behind the youth wing’s decision to retract his invitation.