27 PKR Central Leadership Council members and MPs issued a statement today criticising party president Anwar Ibrahim for suggesting that Azmin should take leave if the videos prove authentic.
Led by vice-presidents Zuraida Kamaruddin, Chua Tian Chang and Ali Biju, the group said Anwar’s public comments about Azmin were inappropriate and predicated on assertions that remain unproven.
Like Azmin, they also drew Anwar’s attention to his previous sex scandals and stressed that party members had steadfastly defended and rallied support around him during those episodes, citing his 2011 “Datuk T” sex video scandal as an example.
“He should remember Azmin has defended him and his family for more than 20 years against the same type of gutter politics.
“We urge Anwar as party president to stop making such divisive statements,” they said when telling him to redouble efforts towards improving PKR, Pakatan Harapan and the country’s interests.
Team Azmin Ali
Aside from the three vice presidents, other signatories of the statement include Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Baru Bian, Wanita PKR chief Haniza Talha, Datuk Seri Edmund Santhara, Amirudin Shaari, Datuk Rashid Hasnon, Sivarasa Rasiah, Rahimah Majid, Elizabeth Wong, Zakaria Abdul Hamid, Mohd Razlan Jalaludin, Datuk Mansor Othman, Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar, Azmizam Zaman Huri, Gan Pei Nei, Hee Loy Sian, Lee Kai Loon, Daroyah Alwi and Muhammad Hilman Idham.
They were supported by four PKR federal lawmakers Steven Chong (Tebrau), Jonathan Yasin (Ranau), Willy Mongin (Puncak Borneo) and Maria Chin Abdullah (Petaling Jaya).
Another PKR vice-president, Dr Xavier Jayakumar, appended his signature to the joint statement after it was released.
Anwar Ibrahim : 10
PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has downplayed the war of words between him and his deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, saying he may have been misunderstood.
Anwar, who appeared cheerful at a press conference in Parliament on Thursday (July 18), said Azmin probably did not fully comprehend his remarks as reported by the media.
“Azmin (probably) said that without reading the full statement (that I made).
“He is undergoing a very difficult period, and I will certainly not respond to a spontaneous outburst.
“So I don’t feel upset (over Azmin’s outburst), but I thought he should have read the full text,” Anwar told the media.
Team Anwar Ibrahim
Also present during the press conference were at least 10 PKR lawmakers, among them, Datuk Seri Johari Abdul (Sungai Petani), Ali Biju (Saratok), Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (Ledang), Chang Lih Kang (Tanjung Malim), and Willie Mongin (Puncak Borneo), Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (Kapar).