Suspended PKR Wanita chief forms new NGO

Haniza Talha (second from left) launching NOW at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur today.

PETALING JAYA: Wanita PKR chief Haniza Talha, whose membership was suspended in April for allegedly meeting two party leaders who allied themselves with the Perikatan Nasional government, has launched a new NGO.

Haniza said she set up Nation of Women (NOW) — where she will serve as its president — after she was silenced in PKR. She also said NOW would serve as a new platform for PKR members who have been given the boot.

The NGO, Haniza explained, would be a platform for the women in the party, who had either been suspended or sacked, to continue serving the people.

“As everyone knows, I was suspended and dropped as the Wanita chief and can no longer carry out activities under the wing. This is a loss to the people.

“But we can continue implementing initiatives under NOW,” she said at the launch of the NGO today.

Also present were party vice-president Tian Chua, Wanita PKR deputy chief Dr Daroyah Alwi and former Wanita PKR information chief Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah, who was sacked, and former Wanita exco Shoba Selvarajoo, who quit the party two days ago.

Haniza hoped NOW would not become a threat to PKR so much so that the party would want to ban it.

“I hope that if PKR can back NGOs like Jingga 13 and Invoke, they will welcome NOW.”

When asked if her NGO would join forces with organisations linked to former deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and former vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin, who were sacked from the party, Haniza said there were no plans to do so yet.

“Our focus is to ensure the development of women is not neglected.”

Haniza was suspended after she was said to have met Azmin and Zuraida at a hotel in Damansara on Feb 24.

Azmin and Zuraida were sacked following their involvement in the so-called “Sheraton move” which saw the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government and the emergence of the Perikatan Nasional administration.

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