Thirteen Penang PKR division heads today urged Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar to withdraw her decision to quit as party vice-president and Penang chief.
Kepala Batas PKR division chief Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman said all the state’s party division heads pledged their full support for Nurul to continue leading Penang PKR.
"We hope that Nurul Izzah accepts this trust given to her and we promise to work together with her to uplift PKR’s standing, particularly in Penang, and in general.
"We also hope that Nurul Izzah will retain her fighting spirit which she had all this while in her struggle for justice for all," he said at a news conference in Butterworth.
Nurul Izzah announced yesterday that she is quitting her posts as PKR vice-president and Penang PKR chairperson.
She said she would, however, remain as a PKR ordinary member and Permatang Pauh MP until the term ends.
Ahmad Zakiyuddin (photo), who is also Penang deputy chief minister I, said all the state PKR division heads respected Nurul’s decision, but they hoped she would reconsider her decision.
Meanwhile, Tasek Gelugor PKR division chief Mustafa Ahmad, who was also at the news conference, said Nurul Izzah's appointment as state PKR chairperson was decided unanimously in discussions among the division heads in Ipoh recently.
"We see Nurul Izzah as among the echelon of leaders who are qualified to lead PKR and should be given a chance. So, there is no question of nepotism here and so on," he said.
Permatang Pauh PKR Wanita chief, Norlela Ariffin said Nurul’s selection, and appointment to the party’s top leadership was based on her excellent track record.
"She has proven her capability as a leader. Merit-wise, she has proven it. She is a three-term MP and had defeated the Lembah Pantai Umno Wanita head.
“She also obtained the highest number of votes from members for the post of party vice-president. We definitely need a courageous woman leader like her,” Norlela said.