Anwar: Zuraida’s Fate Up to PKR Disciplinary Board

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PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is confident the party’s disciplinary board will make the best decision on the fate of vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin who was issued a show-cause letter earlier this month.

Anwar refuted allegations that he was trying to influence the disciplinary board amid speculation that Zuraida would be sacked after allegedly insulting party members and disclosing details of an alleged private conversation with Anwar during a dinner last month.

“We cannot force the disciplinary board to reach any decision. I don’t know anything. They are waiting for Zuraida to respond,” said Anwar after an event at the Sultan Zainal Abidin University in Gong Badak, Terengganu, today.

“I am sure the board will give a good answer as their appointment was made by party leaders,” he added.

On the joint statement by 46 PKR leaders who defended Zuraida and wanted the party to drop all disciplinary proceedings, Anwar said the committee would make a decision in less than two weeks.

“They want the board to rescind any disciplinary action (against Zuraida). This is a decision for the board to make,” he added.

The group of 46 party leaders, comprising 15 MPs and 28 state assemblymen, had said that the show-cause letter against Zuraida was issued in bad faith.

Anwar revealed that the statement did not include the signatures of all 46 leaders.

Meanwhile, on whether the meeting between Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang yesterday would change the political landscape, Anwar said it was normal for the Prime Minister to have meetings with anyone.

“That (changing of political landscape) is a perception created by Pas. My meeting with him (Dr Mahathir) is more frequent,” he said.

Asked if he would meet Abdul Hadi, Anwar said he has no enemies and has no problem meeting Hadi.

“This is a Malay country and we must defend the constitution and the status of the Malays, but I am the leader of a multiracial party,” the Port Dickson MP added.