PKR vice-presidential candidate Zuraida Kamaruddin says she is choosing to ignore Rafizi Ramli's attacks against those aligned with incumbent PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
"That's ok, that is his way. If that is how he campaigns, then that is immature. I prefer to practice mature politics, so it's ok, we will leave behind those who are immature," she told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.
In an interview with Star TV yesterday, Rafizi said he was challenging Azmin for the deputy presidency and attacking his allies due to their track record of frustrating major strategic decisions.
He cited Azmin's previous insistence on working with PAS, as well as alleged objections from the latter’s camp when Dr Mahathir Mohamad was nominated as Pakatan Harapan's choice for prime minister.
At odds since Kajang Move
Rafizi and Azmin's camps have been at odds with each other since 2014’s Kajang Move.
The Kajang Move, as dubbed by its architect and then-PKR strategist Rafizi, was a plan to replace Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor menteri besar.
The end game was to replace Khalid with PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim, by first electing Anwar into the state assembly.
To do so, PKR's incumbent assemblyperson for Kajang CC Lee vacated his position, triggering a by-election in March 2014.
A swift conviction against Anwar in his sodomy case by the Court of Appeal threw a spanner in the works, prompting Anwar's wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to step in as Kajang candidate.
Despite her victory, PKR could not push for Wan Azizah to become menteri besar, with the Selangor sultan finally favouring Azmin for the post.
The recent move to vacate the Port Dickson parliamentary seat to trigger a by-election for Anwar to contest in also saw a flare-up between the two sides ahead of the party polls.
This is because those aligned to Azmin said they were not consulted on the decision to hold Anwar's by-election in Port Dickson.
However, both sides said they are committed to campaigning for Anwar and ensuring his victory.