The National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar, popularly known as Cak Imin, is unperturbed by former PKB secretary general Yenny Wahid’s decision to join the Democratic Party.
“No worries, she has been out of the PKB since 2009. So, it’s not a problem anymore [for the PKB],” said Cak Imin at the PKB central executive board in Jakarta, on Sunday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
Yenny, the second daughter of late former president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid, who was also the PKB founder and patron, joined the Democratic Party together with several youth leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization.
Yenny’s New Indonesian National Sovereignty Party (PKBIB), in which she currently serves as the chairwoman, would also merge with the ruling party, PKBIB secretary general Imron Rosyadi Hamid confirmed on Sunday.
Yenny's first meeting with Yudhoyono on the two parties' merger plan was held on March 23 in the President's private residence in Cikeas, West Java. Yenny was accompanied by her mother, former first lady Sinta Nuriyah.
Yudhoyono is rumored to have offered Yenny a deputy chair position within the party's central executive board.
Gus Dur's younger sister, Lily Chodidjah Wahid joined the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) on March 28 after she was dismissed from the PKB following an internal conflict with Muhaimin who is also her nephew.
“Everybody knows her [Lily’s] potential. No problem. We have calculated it thoroughly,” said Muhaimin, who is also Manpower and Transmigration Minister. (asw/ebf)