PKR communications director Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil today returned the salvo after his party vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin questioned the rationale behind the sacking of one of the party’s division chief.
Fahmi said party leaders would know why Pakatan Harapan component party leadership decided to sack its central committee member Zakaria Abdul Hamid and Ismail Dulhadi, if they had attended party meetings.
“I think if she had attended the weekly political bureau meetings and also the central leadership council meeting yesterday (Sunday), she would understand why the action was taken (against Zakaria) because the full information was given to us and it was clear.
“So, I have to say again that leaders should always attend the meetings and use the platform of these party meetings to discuss things instead of issuing statements in the media,” the Lembah Pantai MP told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
Fahmi was responding to PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin’s statement today who slammed the party leadership for sacking the duo. She had accused her party’s disciplinary board of selective action in expelling certain members.
She also sarcastically called Zakaria’s expulsion a “brave action” as it was proof that the reform spirit in the party was collapsing.
On Sunday, PKR fired Zakaria, who is also PKR Bera division chairman, and Ismail from the party on grounds of corruption and bribery.
The party’s disciplinary board chairman Datuk Ahmad Kassim said the decision on Zakaria and Ismail was with immediate effect after the party received a letter from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) dated Oct 23 on the allegations which were said to have happened during last year’s party elections.
“As far as the party is concerned, the MACC report was extensive and sufficiently comprehensive to have informed the disciplinary committee’s decision on the matter,” Fahmi said.
Zakaria was formerly the political secretary to Works Minister Baru Bian.
Yesterday, Zakaria claimed he was not given the chance to explain himself.
Baru had welcomed efforts to investigate Zakaria in Sept last year after a police report was lodged against the latter.
The report was filed by PKR Youth coordinator Ahmad Syukri Che Ab Razab on September 25, 2018, alleging that Zakaria abused his position as a civil servant by promising to give contracts worth RM20,000 and allocations amounting to at least RM300,000, which was made during a meeting with local leaders on Sept 1 in Pahang.