Don’t attend the PKR Congress if you don’t want to, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said to Youth deputy chief Hilman Idham.
The PKR adviser today chided Hilman after the latter had called for the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to invalidate the Youth congress today which was marred by brawls.
Hilman, who is political secretary to PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali at the Economic Affairs Ministry, had also wanted the PKR secretariat to guarantee delegates’ safety after fighting at the youth meeting today.
“Don’t come if you don’t want to, but you should come as it is our congress and you’re a delegate. They are all welcomed to come,” Wan Azizah told reporters on the sidelines of the PKR Women and Youth conferences in Malacca today.
The fracas this morning began outside the congress venue to protest the sackings of PKR Youth permanent chairman Mizan Adli Mohd Noor and his deputy, Mohd Ramly Ahmad, last week, for exceeding the age limit for their respective posts.
Mizan Adli and supporters tried to enter the venue to protest the sackings when the fighting broke out.
However, Wan Azizah said the RoS had already informed the party the sackings were legitimate.
“The RoS said the sackings were OK and there were no issues. The president (Anwar Ibrahim) said that action will be taken against the perpetrators,” said the deputy prime minister.
“We have a lot of agents provocateur,” she said about the truce between Anwar and Azmin not reflected at grassroots level, while saying that she was leaving the fights for the police to investigate.
Dr Wan Azizah also closed the Women and Youth meetings that ended today, noting how far the party had come since the Permatang Pauh Declaration in 1998.
“Our history has never been peaceful, often filled with clashes and contests among its leaders since its founding, from the first party elections in Kemaman in 2000 until last year, there have always been clashes.”
PKR’s dynamic nature, said Wan Azizah, is what helps the party grow and remain relevant in Malaysia, adding that behind every conflict, there was a silver lining.
“But we cannot be fighting forever,” said the former PKR president, who led the party for 19 years. She stepped aside for her husband, Anwar Ibrahim, last year, following his royal pardon for his sodomy conviction. – TMI