No Action Against No-Show Azmin

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PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil says the party’s deputy president Azmin Ali will not face any disciplinary action for now despite failing to attend a political bureau meeting last night.

“As far as the political bureau is aware, there is no current disciplinary case against Datuk Seri Azmin, and as such, the matter does not arise at this point in time, and I think to draw any parallels with previous cases, they may not be exactly the same.

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“So, case by case, I think. That should be the approach,” Fahmi said to the press after the meeting in Parliament.

He was asked to comment on why swift disciplinary action was taken against former mentri besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in 2014, when the latter did not turn up for a meeting with then PKR president, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail despite ample notice, while such action was void towards Azmin.

Khalid was sacked from PKR in 2014, at the height of the Selangor mentri besar crisis, and was replaced with Azmin, who is his staunch critic and nemesis.

During the press conference, Fahmi said that a show-cause letter would also not be issued to Azmin, when asked if he had crossed the line by constantly being absent from meetings and then seen holding meetings with Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs, and later, a selected group of PKR MPs.

“The party has not issued any show-cause letter to Datuk Seri Azmin.

“Ours is still open. We still need to hear from him directly, and I think we will wait.

“We would like him to come and explain,” he said, adding that no timeline was set for this purpose, however.

“Perhaps there are some urgent matters that he has to attend to. Perhaps the media can ask him,” Fahmi said.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday said that his deputy must clarify his meeting with the 22 Umno lawmakers at his home on Monday.

The Port Dickson MP noted that Azmin has been missing from his own party official meet-ups but will have to attend the political bureau meeting and explain the latest incident.

But he hinted that Azmin had not learnt the lesson of inter-party politicking in light of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) disastrous defeat in the recent Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election.