Batu PKR spat: Tian Chua steps in, demands mutual apology

Modified 24 Dec 2018, 2:32 pm

PKR vice-president Tian Chua has urged Batu MP P Prabakaran and Batu PKR vice-chief Rozan Azen Mat Rasip to bury the hatchet and apologise to each other.

Chua, who is the Batu PKR division chief, said it was wrong for both individuals to engage in a public spat and that he was saddened by this.

"A protracted spat would not only tarnish the party's image, but also affect the quality of our service to voters in the Batu constituency," he said in a statement today.

Chua said the duo should have consulted him as the division leader before making public statements.

The spat was made public when Rozan issued a statement on Saturday claiming that he had quit as Prabakaran's secretary.

In response, Prabakaran said Rozan had never been appointed his secretary to begin with and described the latter as "excessively egoistic."

Rozan was formerly the PKR Youth information chief and has been part of the Reformasi movement since its inception.

On the other hand, Prabakaran only joined PKR on May 11. Prabakaran became the Batu MP after contesting in the May 9 elections as an independent.

His candidacy was endorsed by PKR after Chua was disqualified by the returning officer.

Later this evening, Rozan issued a statement to apologise over his actions and withdraw his earlier statement about his resignation. 

Rozan said he had decided to do so after meeting Chua and receiving advice from PKR president Anwar Ibrahim. 

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