Johor leader confirms earlier intention to hold parallel PKR congress

Kluang PKR division chief Mark Matthew regrets bashing of Mohamed Azmin Ali at PKR congress.

AYER KEROH: A Johor PKR leader has revealed that there were plans to hold a parallel PKR congress in Kuala Lumpur this weekend, despite some party leaders denying the existence of such a plan.

Speaking to reporters at a hotel here today, Kluang PKR division chief Mark Matthew said it was no secret that another congress was to be held.

“Then the so-called settlement came about,” he said.

Matthew was referring to a meeting of top PKR leaders, including the president, Anwar Ibrahim, and his deputy, Mohamed Azmin Ali, which indicated the problems surrounding the national congress in Melaka had been resolved.

It was decided after the meeting that Azmin would open the PKR Wanita and Youth congress instead of PKR adviser Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“We want to forget about what has taken place before and we want to be united as one body.

“That’s why we agreed to cancel the congress in KL and come together (in Melaka),” Matthew said.

When later asked who organised the parallel congress, Matthew claimed it was the work of certain elected PKR leaders.

However, he regretted that delegates at the congress today only saw it fit to “bash” Azmin.

Previously, Anwar had warned party leaders that they faced the sack if they attended any parallel gathering during the PKR National Congress.

There were rumours that a rival meeting would he held, to be officiated by Azmin in KL, following a rift over who was to open the PKR youth congress.

However, this was denied by Azmin and other leaders.