PKR information chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin today proposed disciplinary action be taken against Zuraida Kamaruddin for allegations and insults she made over the weekend which will only prolong the party’s problems.
PKR information chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin wants party vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin punished for disclosing details from private conversations she had with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He also said Zuraida had “arrogantly” revealed her conversation with party president Anwar Ibrahim, an act he described as appalling.
According to Zuraida, Anwar claimed that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad wanted him to sack his deputy over a gay sex video earlier this year.
She said Anwar made the claim at a private meeting between the two of them at Parliament House about four months ago.
Shamsul said in a statement that details of a conversation with the president should not be revealed to the public, “unless she has an agenda against Anwar”.
“This is a disgusting act because such details should have been respected and not revealed to the public, unless she has an agenda against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“In lieu of her behaviour, I will suggest that the PKR disciplinary committee take stern action against the vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin because what she did clearly breached the party’s disciplinary and ethical lines.”
Shamsul also accused Zuraida of violating common decency by insulting her fellow PKR colleagues at Sunday’s ‘Shared Prosperity Vision’ dinner, an event initially meant to rival the party’s national congress in Melaka.
The former PKR vice-president described Zuraida’s derision of leaders like the party’s information chief Fahmi Fadzil and Anwar’s political aide, Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, as extreme and “crossed all ethical lines and common decency”.
“I was shocked by the statement made by several senior leaders at the ‘Shared Prosperity Vision’ dinner that was organised by the deputy president at the Renaissance Hotel last Sunday,” he said.
“Zuraida had vocally insulted and derided members of the PKR leadership…what she said was most upsetting and unbecoming of a Cabinet minister.”
Zuraida had described Fahmi and Farhash as a “child in diapers” and “mafia”, respectively.
The PKR vice-president was among several senior party leaders who spoke at the so-called ‘SPV dinner’.
In her speech, Zuraida was critical of Anwar and his supporters, in many instances suggesting they were blind fanatics who craved power.
The dinner, initially touted as a separate congress aimed at challenging the legitimacy of the primary assembly that was being held on the same day, turned into a rallying call for support for PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Azmin, who delivered a scathing speech attacking Anwar at the dinner, had suggested he would challenge his boss for political supremacy in PKR buoyed by the strong show of support at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
PKR leaders aligned to Anwar has since called for Azmin and his faction to be disciplined, with some even demanding they be sacked.