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Azmin upset over new PKR appointments

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Modified 31 Dec 2018, 4:00 am

PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali has urged party president Anwar Ibrahim to reconsider the fresh appointments to key party positions made yesterday.

"The appointments do not reflect the principle of fair and just representation of the party member's aspirations, and will not help to bring the party forward," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Azmin said co-opting members into the new party leadership after a keenly contested election must take into account the views of the grassroots.

Yesterday, Anwar had chaired the central leadership council meeting and co-opted individuals who are mostly aligned to Rafizi Ramli.

Rafizi himself was appointed as a vice-president, while Saifuddin Nasution Ismail was retained as secretary-general.

It is understood that only three individuals who are clearly aligned to Azmin attended the meeting, which was called on short notice.

Azmin and many leadership council members aligned to him were believed to be on their year-end break.

'Not based on merit'

In his statement, Azmin said some of the appointments do not appear to be made based on merit, and that some of the appointees were involved in problems related to the party elections.

"The secretary-general's post should be helmed by a professional who has skills in management and administration.

"That person must carry out his or her task through party consensus and not consider the interest of any individuals.

"The same goes for the central leadership council appointments which should be made based on merit, and not as a form of reward for (campaigning during the) council (election)," he said.

Azmin added that his views, as well as those of the majority of elected council members, on how the new members would be appointed had been made known to Anwar several weeks ago. 


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