PKR deputy president-hopeful Rafizi Ramli is seeking up to RM50 million in paid-up capital to set up a cooperative for party members.
In a report by the Malay Mail, the current party vice-president claimed that many members had lost jobs during the 1998 Reformasi movement during Dr Mahathir Mohamad first tenure as prime minister.
“When we won, they still got nothing.
“I think it’s about time the party looks after the welfare of people in need.
"Most of our members are working class. They sell nasi lemak, they’re lowly paid clerks," he said in an interview with the daily.
He reportedly said the cooperative could provide micro-credit schemes, training, cheaper rental space, and marketing to members in need.
In the coming PKR polls, Rafizi is set to take on incumbent deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Anwar Ibrahim, meanwhile, has recently assumed the position of party president after winning uncontested.
He takes over from deputy prime minister and long-time president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.