2 Perak Srikandi leaders step down, urge party V-P to intervene
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THE rift between Perak Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leaders continues with its Batu Gajah Srikandi chief Zulaiha Sidiq, who is also an exco member, relinquishing her two posts with immediate effect.
Zulaiha, along with Srikandi Gopeng chief Aflatuniah Md Norani, said they stepped down as a show of protest against the party’s top leadership and dissatisfaction stemming from the conflict brewing at the state level.
“The top leadership must give serious attention to address current issues in the state before things worsen.
“There shouldn’t be finger-pointing in the party, but this is happening in PPBM. For me, it was not about holding positions but to serve the party and prepare for the general election.
“The rift between leaders does not reflect the party’s motto of ‘Bersatu, Bermaruah, Beramanah’,” she said.
The duo, however, remain as party members. They did not divulge details over the cause of their dissatisfaction with the party leadership.
Zulaiha urged party vice-president Datuk Hamidah Osman, who has been instrumental in the establishment of PPBM in Perak, to intervene and address the issue in the state.
“Where is she when all these ruckus surfaced? Is she being cold-storaged from playing a role in this matter? I agree with Perak PPBM chief Ahmad Faizal Azumu who had recently called for her to step in and address this squabble,” she said yesterday.
On her resignation, Zulaiha said she had informed the leadership, including PPBM Srikandi chief Rina Harun and Faizal.
“I am more concerned with the unity and stability of the party. Even in our absence, the party will remain and there will be other leaders to replace us. I just want the issue addressed the soonest.
“I was not pressured by anyone into making this decision, nor do I know if there are other leaders who will follow suit. I am willing to face any (disciplinary) action by the top leadership.”
When contacted, Faizal said he respected Zulaiha’s decision to resign.
“I respect her decision to resign. We will find her replacement and wish her all the best.
“As she said it herself, it was never about holding any important position within the party.
“I hope she can continue to serve the party as an ordinary member. The struggle continues and God willing, Pakatan will win the next general election,” he said in a WhatsApp message.
Batu Gajah Srikandi chief Zulaiha Sidiq (seated, second from right) and Srikandi Gopeng chief Aflatuniah Md Norani (seated, right) announcing their resignations in Ipoh yesterday.