PKR sacks Azmin, Zuraida

PETALING JAYA: PKR has sacked its deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and Zuraida Kamarudin, the party’s secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution announced today.

“There was open betrayal by certain individuals who were the main actors that clearly contravened the party’s stand on the position of prime minister,” Saifuddin told reporters at the PKR headquarters here.

This came after party president Anwar Ibrahim chaired a special central leadership council meeting.

Saifuddin said Azmin and Zuraida’s betrayal had affected the stability of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government and impacted the nation’s economy and political sphere.

He said the decision to sack the two Cabinet ministers from the party was a consensus and comes into effect immediately, adding that they could choose to appeal their sacking.

He also said several party members have also been identified by the leadership as taking part in the incidents yesterday and would be issued show-cause letters.

“It’s a big decision. We will quickly explain the decision to the grassroots. That’s the usual procedure. Just like when (former Selangor Menteri Besar) Khalid Ibrahim was sacked.”

Anwar had also briefed the leadership on his meeting with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad earlier today, urging grassroots to trust the “wisdom of the leadership” to navigate the party at this time.

The party’s vice-president Chang Lih Kang, PKR veteran Syed Husin Ali, communications director Fahmi Fadzil and Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul were among those who were also present at the press conference.

Anwar and his wife, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, were not present at the press conference as they were preparing to go to Istana Negara to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.