AZMIN: LIS­TEN TO GRASS­ROOTS

Don’t ig­nore doubt­ful prac­tices, lead­ers told

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION - AHMAD SUHAEL AD­NAN HULU KELANG cnews@nstp.com.my

PKR deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has lashed out at the lack of trans­parency in the party’s elec­tion, la­belling it as akin to ig­nor­ing the voices of the PKR grass­roots.

He told PKR lead­ers not to be “ar­ro­gant and drunk on power” to the ex­tent that they turn a blind eye to doubt­ful prac­tices.

PKR lead­ers, he said, should lis­ten to and com­ply with the wishes of the grass­roots who have ex­pressed con­cern over the lack of trans­parency in the elec­tion process, es­pe­cially the Ju­lau divi­sion in Sarawak.

“We had urged for the Ju­lau divi­sion elec­tion to be post­poned un­til the elec­toral roll is cleaned up. As part of the re­form move­ment, party lead­ers should be pre­pared to lis­ten to the grouses of the grass­roots.

“Don’t be so ar­ro­gant and con­ceited un­til you are will­ing to push through an elec­tion process that lacks trans­parency, all be­cause you wish to side with cer­tain groups,” he told the New Straits Times Press af­ter officiating Kar­ni­val Gemi­lang 2018 at SK Ta­man Melawati 2 here yes­ter­day.

Azmin was asked to comment on re­marks by PKR cen­tral lead­er­ship coun­cil mem­ber R. Si­varasa, who had raised ques­tions over the dis­crep­an­cies in the Ju­lau PKR elec­tion, which reg­is­tered a dras­tic rise in mem­ber­ship over a short pe­riod of time.

Si­varasa, in a state­ment, said among 6,474 of the 13,178 new ad­di­tions to the party, 5,018 could not be reached to con­firm their mem­ber­ship.

The 1,310 who did an­swer their phones, he claimed, ad­mit­ted they had no knowl­edge of ever join­ing PKR. 237 of them said while they were in­ter­ested in join­ing PKR, they never reg­is­tered.

Con­tro­versy was also trig­gered when PKR pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail made a visit to Ju­lau last Tues­day, lead­ing to ac­cu­sa­tions that she ap­peared to be can­vass­ing sup­port for Rafizi Ramli, who is up against Azmin for the deputy pres­i­dency.

Dr Wan Az­izah, how­ever, main­tained that she was there in her ca­pac­ity as deputy prime min­is­ter and not to sup­port any can­di­date.

PIC BY ROSDAN WAHID

Gom­bak mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (stand­ing, fourth from left) at Kar­ni­val Gemi­lang 2018 at SK Ta­man Melawati 2 in Hulu Kelang yes­ter­day.

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