PPBM CON­FLICT

2 Perak Srikandi lead­ers step down, urge party V-P to in­ter­vene

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NURADZIMMAH DAIM IPOH news@nst.com.my

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.

PIC BY EF­FENDY RASHID

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.

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