No crack in PKR — Rafizi

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JULAU (Sarawak): It may seem like the tough­est party elec­tions ever for PKR, with many ex­press­ing fear of a crack in the party and dis­unity among the mem­bers, but Mohd Rafizi Ramli, a can­di­date for deputy pres­i­dent, and his side do not see any harm to the party.

“We are re­formists. We have been in a lot of crises for 20 years and I don’t think this elec­tion will lead to a crack in the party, at least for me and my friends,” he said when met by re­porters yes­ter­day at the Julau Sports Com­plex, the evot­ing cen­tre for the Julau PKR divi­sion here.

Rafizi is chal­leng­ing in­cum­bent Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali for the post. Azmin is now 2,600 votes ahead.

Rafizi said that if there is any crack, he is con­fi­dent that PKR pres­i­dent-elect Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim will be able to mend the ties among the mem­bers af­ter the elec­tions.

On the PKR mem­ber­ship in Julau, which has be­come a con­tro­ver­sial is­sue, he said the 13,000 mem­bers were ap­proved by the chair­man of the Mem­ber­ship Re­view Com­mit­tee, Dr A. Xavier Jayaku­mar, who is in Azmin’s camp.

“When Larry Sng and his sup­port­ers joined PKR, it was Azmin who be­came close to them, not us. We have never ques­tioned the mem­ber­ship as it was right­fully done in the party.

“The one who pushed the Ma­jlis Pimp­inan Pusat (Cen­tral Lead­er­ship Coun­cil) to ac­cept the bulk mem­ber­ship drive was (PKR Women’s chief) Zu­raida Ka­marud­din. This be­came an is­sue only af­ter Julau de­cided to choose me,” said Rafizi, who said he sym­pa­thised with Sng for hav­ing come un­der a lot of pres­sure due to the mat­ter.

The num­ber of mem­bers in Julau is said to have in­creased from 603 on June 26 to 13,000 the next day.

Rafizi said that about 3,000 to 4,000 of these mem­bers turned up to vote and added that he is con­fi­dent that the re­sult will favour him. - Ber­nama

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