Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice president Zuraida Kamaruddin was told to quit the party for releasing a statement that contradicted the party’s position.
PKR women vice-chief Faizah Ariffin said that Zuraida’s statement was not in line with the party’s position, adding that it was a “disrespect” to the party.
This came after Zuraida on Monday said that Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, who was embroiled in a sex controversy, should have been sacked immediately.
“Lucky, I am not the president. I would have acted very sternly against him (Haziq) and booted him out,” she said.
The sex controversy also involved Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who denied his participation in the matter saying it was only a plot to end his political career.
PKR on Wednesday issued Haziq a show-cause letter and ordered for a response within 14 days.
Zuraida said Haziq was issued the letter as the party wanted to ensure due process before any action is taken against him.
“Zuraida is a member of the PKR political bureau that was convened to make a decision on Haziq and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali. The decision made by the PKR disciplinary board on June 16 received a consensus from the political bureau on June 19. As a leader, she should defend the decision of the board,” Faizah said.
Hence, she questioned why Zuraida was not toeing the line.
“Why is she so rude that she doesn’t want to adhere to the consensus which she was involved in making, does she feel so big-headed now?
“This can’t be left alone and disciplinary action must be taken. Her actions clearly disrespected her party.
“It is time she packs up and leaves the party,” Faizah said in a statement today.
“In the goal to rebuild the country, we do not need people like this,” she added.
Last week, 21 out of the party’s 25 elected youth leaders called for Haziq to be sacked.
Zuraida found an ally in Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari who said that Haziq should be dealt with but noted that he respected the show-cause letter.
“He has committed a very big and serious crime,” he said.