Justice begins at home, says Azmin on party’s internal problems

PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali officiating the women’s wing and Youth congress at the Melaka International Trade Centre on Thursday. (Bernama pic)

AYER KEROH: PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali has shed some light on the party’s internal problems, hinting that they are linked to the issue of “justice” within the party.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the PKR National Congress, Azmin said divisions in the party should not be allowed.

This, he said, was why he took the initiative along with other elected PKR Central Leadership Council members to seek PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s guidance and to discuss some “fundamental” party issues with him.

The tussle between factions aligned to Anwar and Azmin has seen a number of disputes and leaders trading barbs.

These disputes include PKR Youth retracting its invitation to Azmin to officiate its congress, the call from Sarawak PKR to cancel the state-level convention, as well as the sackings of Central Leadership Council member Zakaria Abdul Hamid and the PKR Youth permanent chairman and deputy chairman.

“We met last week, hoping that the meeting would be able to resolve some of the fundamental issues in the party,” Azmin said.

Asked what these fundamental issues were, he said: “Well, we are talking about justice, and justice starts at home. It has to be implemented in the party before you can promote the principles of justice.”

He said he hoped the meeting with Anwar would ultimately ensure that all decisions made by the party were in accordance with the PKR constitution and procedures, which the party has adopted for the past 20 years.