PKR Youth veep advises members to respect Anwar's appointments

Modified 30 Dec 2018, 5:33 am

PKR Youth vice-chief Syed Badli Shah Syed Osman has urged party members to respect Anwar Ibrahim's recent appointments to the party leadership.

As Syed Badli Shah noted, the PKR constitution stipulates that the party president has the prerogative to make specific appointments, which is done through consultation.

"Questioning the president's decision is something that should not happen because it will lead to a perception that the party leadership is fractured.

"Rightfully, now that the party election is over, the entire leadership should work together to fulfil the promises made to the public, and not indulge in internal squabbles," he said.

Syed Badli Shah (photo), who was appointed to his position by PKR Youth chief Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir, said any disagreements should be discussed through internal channels instead of the press.

On Friday, Anwar had chaired the PKR central leadership council meeting to discuss appointments to key party positions and the co-opting of members into the leadership.

Two of the most notable appointments were Rafizi Ramli, who was made vice-president, and Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who was given a third term as secretary-general.

Following the appointments, PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali urged Anwar to reconsider the appointments, which he believed did not reflect "fair and just representation."

Anwar stuck to his guns on grounds that his appointments were inclusive, and had also included those supportive of Azmin.

However, Wanita PKR chief Haniza Mohamed Talha said in response that the appointments were not inclusive enough, as there was an insufficient number of women co-opted into the party leadership.

Anwar was also asked to take the views of the grassroots – as expressed in the recently concluded party polls – into consideration by Wanita PKR vice-chief Sangeetha Jayakumar and Youth vice-chief Mohd Nazree Mohd Yunus. 

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