Sarawak PKR convention risk cancellation if party internal crisis not resolve

Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (photo sourced from his Facebook account)

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KUCHING, Nov 15: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) State Leadership Council (MPN) calls on its top leaders in Peninsular Malaysia to resolve its internal crisis or the Keadilan Sarawak Convention will be cancelled.

In a press statement today, Sarawak MPN urged PKR top leadership to avert the party crisis immediately.

“Until and unless it is resolved satisfactorily and democratic principles are restored and honoured within the party, the Keadilan Sarawak Convention slated for Nov 23 in Miri is cancelled,” PKR Sarawak said in a statement undersigned by eight of its Sarawak leaders today.

The signatories are MPN chairman Baru Bian, deputy chairman Baharuddin Mokhsen, vice chairman Willie Mongin, Vice chairman II Nicholas Bawin Anggat, vice chairman III Voon Shiak Ni, vice chairman V Nurhanim Mokhsen, State Election Committee chairman See Chee How and national vice chairman Ali Biju.

“MPN Sarawak is dismayed and disturbed that the deputy president’s (Datuk Seri Azmin Ali) invitation to officiate at the AMK (youth wing) National Convention was rescinded by the AMK National wing leader and all the AMK state chiefs unilaterally.

“It has been a longstanding tradition and convention of all political parties worldwide to have the deputy president officiate the conventions of the various wings of the parties and Keadilan has followed in this venerable tradition since its inception.

“This tradition has been summarily discarded despite of more than two thirds majority of elected AMK National office bearers signing on their unequivocal support for the deputy president to officiate their convention,” said Sarawak PKR.

The statement pointed out that the unilateral decision by a handful of leaders to rescind the invitation shows no respect for the voice of PKR members represented by elected office bearers and claimed that democracy within the party is now under serious threat and is being blatantly disregarded.

“Where is the principle of ‘one member one vote’? If left unchecked, disregarding this will make Keadilan’s democratic principles an embarrassing farce.

“MPN Sarawak cannot and will not condone such an attack on the democratic principles which the party stands for and on which it was founded.

“As responsible leaders, this crisis must be arrested now before it leads to the total fragmentation of the party, which we have struggled to put together in the name of democracy and justice,” said Sarawak PKR. — DayakDaily