PKR Rejects Zuraida’s Extension Request, Feb 20 Deadline to Attend Hearing

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PKR disciplinary board has rejected vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin’s request for a postponement of her hearing.

Board chairman Ahmad Kassim said Zuraida has until February 20 to attend the hearing against her.

He said the reasons cited by Zuraida requesting the postponement are due to legal notices from PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak.

“This is supposedly because the legal notices have the same content as the show-cause letter issued by the disciplinary board,” he said.

Ahmad added that there was a clear distinction between the two processes because as many as three disciplinary charges have been filed against Zuraida while there was only a single civil suit.

“The last disciplinary board meeting did take note of this issue but as these cases were civil cases rather than criminal cases, it decided that the hearing for Zuraida’s case would be continued.

“We will give her until February 20 to attend our hearing. This is because she is a minister and may be busy,” he said in a statement.

Zuraida has been referred to disciplinary action over her speech last year criticising party leaders, including PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

Last week, the board had set a few dates for her to pick to attend the disciplinary hearing.