Nurul Izzah, Tian Chua, Fuziah Salleh and Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1Mansor Othman are the new Vice Presidents of PKR. The outcome of the contest for the 4 VP posts is as follows:
1) Nurul Izzah Anwar – 13,170
2) Tian Chua – 11,460
3) Fuziah Salleh – 8,891
4) Mansor Othman – 8,477
5) Xavier Jayakumar – 6,984
6) N Gobalakrishnan – 6,721
7) Yahya Sahri – 6,436
Azmin Ali, Deputy President with a new Team vows to clean up and refocus PKR
by Clara Chooi @www.themalaysiainsider.com
PKR’s newly-elected deputy president Azmin Ali basked in the euphoria of his victory today by firing biting insults against his former contender Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, charging that the leader had been a failure from day one.
Azmin, who stormed to an easy victory when the PKR’s fractious polls closed last weekend, accused Zaid of lacking humility and failing to be team player although the party leadership had graciously awarded him numerous top posts when he joined last year.
The Gombak MP also bade Zaid “good luck” in the latter’s bid to form a new party but sarcastically took a dig at the leader’s ambition by adding, “I am not so sure if he can succeed or not”.
“Well, good luck to him. I want to see whether he will succeed or not. In the months, you have seen his true character. He is not a person who can work as a team, he is not a team player so how could you lead a party, or any organisation for that matter, if you cannot listen? If you do not have the humility to listen to others? You want to lead the party, you must listen to differing views, [Zaid has] no spirit of comradeship at all, so I am not sure if he can succeed or not,” he told reporters at the MP’s lounge in Parliament this morning.
Azmin had at first brushed off questions about Zaid, who had last week announced his resignation from PKR, pointing out that he was not “interested” to talk about his competition in the deputy presidential race.
“He is no longer a member of the party so I am not interested to make any reference to him,” he said, when asked to respond to Zaid’s countless attacks and allegations on the PKR leadership. When pushed for a response, however, Azmin charged that Zaid had failed to produce any supporting evidence in his numerous complaints of voting irregularities in the party’s first-ever direct elections.
“He has failed to adduce evidence. How could you make your allegations through media engaged by UMNO and Barisan Nasional and you fail to support your claims with evidence? Until today, he has refused. What do we do? And yet the secretary-general has made public announcements and explanations that there is no basis to the allegations,” he said.
Azmin had earlier pledged that as the newly-appointed deputy president, he would make it his goal to wipe out “traitors” in PKR, in a move to cleanse the party and restructure the organisation.
But when asked if he believed that Zaid was a “traitor” to PKR’s struggles, Azmin smiled and said, “Well, let the members decide, now that we have seen his true character.”
He admitted that it had not been a mistake to allow Zaid into PKR but pointed out that the former UMNO man blew up his chances to succeed in the party when he failed to perform as an effective leader.
“We have given him ample opportunities to perform and to work as a team, to contribute to the party. He was one of those leaders who got all the privileges… compared to the others, people who struggled for the past 12 years but were not even appointed to the supreme council or the political bureau. But Zaid… within seconds of his arrival into the party, we placed him as member of the political bureau, the highest body in the party, and as the supreme council member, as a candidate in Hulu Selangor, you name it, all these privileges given to him but he has failed,” he said.
As such, Azmin told Zaid not to blame the party leadership for his many failures. “Do not blame us, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or the party president (Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail),” he said.
Wan Azizah, he said, was a “unifying factor” in the party, rubbishing claims that she was a powerless president.
“Do not undermine my president. She has a soft power, she has been able to conduct herself the last 10 years and she is a unifying factor. She has done a tremendous job as a president,” he said.
Nurul Izzah as Vice President with the highest votes
Azmin also took time to sing praises of Anwar’s daughter, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah, who is said to have secured one of the four vice-president’s posts in the PKR polls.
He claimed that he did not view Nurul’s entry into the top party leadership as a family “dynasty” or “nepotism”, and declared that the young leader was an asset to PKR.
“She certainly has a strong appeal, especially among the younger generation. She has a potential to strengthen the party’s unity and she has performed well, even when her father was behind bars. She is a very effective MP in Parliament, and I strongly believe that this is the right time for her to play a major role in the party to prepare for the coming general election because our focus is on the younger generation of voters,” he said.
Azmin also brushed off talk that BN was said to be capitalising on PKR’s troubles to drum up support for itself in the coming general elections, said likely to be held by next March.
“What problems in PKR? Do not look at isolated cases in one or two divisions. What you fail to look at is the principle of this electoral reforms where we, as a young party, we have the courage to embark on electoral reforms to empower every single member with one vote,” he said.
He challenged UMNO to take a leaf from PKR and hold its own direct elections. “Certainly they are not ready to do that,” he said.