Six state PKR chiefs declare support for Anwar amid widening rift

Six state PKR chiefs declare support for Anwar amid widening rift

PETALING JAYA: Six state PKR chiefs have expressed support for party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, amid widening split between Anwar and his deputy, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali over the sex video implicating the latter.

The six PKR state chiefs – representing Perlis, Kedah, Melaka, Terengganu, Federal Territories and Kelantan – signed a statement declaring their support for Anwar.

“We stand firmly behind Anwar in facing any challenge by those who want to weaken our party.

“We give full and undivided commitment to him (Anwar) in his efforts to lead the country to greater heights,” said Kedah PKR chief Datuk Johari Abdul in a press conference at party headquarters.

The meeting appointed Johari to lead the council, and copies of the statement bearing the signatures of the six state PKR chiefs were distributed to the press.

On other state chiefs who have yet to sign the statement – namely those from Selangor, Pahang, Perak, Penang, Johor, Negri Sembilan, Sarawak and Sabah, Johari said he was confident that the eight state chiefs would sign the statement by tonight when attending a party retreat at Port Dickson.

Asked if the council also supports Azmin as PKR deputy president, Johari said it would be too tedious for them to list out each PKR leader it supports.

“Instead, we choose to show support for Anwar as he is the top leader,” said the Sungai Petani MP.

Johari also refused to comment on the apparent rift in PKR, saying the council preferred to focus on developing their respective states.

He said states are having problems to ensure election promised are fulfilled at the grassroots level, urging PKR ministers and deputy ministers to not neglect them in the national development agenda.

Recently, Anwar issued a statement saying that his deputy, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali should quit if the authorities confirm that he is one of the men featured having gay sex in viral video disseminated last month.

Azmin, who is also Economic Affairs Minister, shot back by saying Anwar should ‘look in the mirror’ before talking, alluding to the latter’s sex scandals and conviction of sodomy charges.