Azmin, Zuraida sacked from party of Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim

Hemananthani Sivanandam | The Star/ANN | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jakarta   /  Mon, February 24, 2020  /  02:12 pm

Malaysia's Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali said he would work together with PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who had extended an olive branch on July 20, 2019 at a retreat which the former and his allies did not attend.(ANN/ST/Reuters)

The People's Justice Party (PKR) central leadership has sacked two of its top leaders, Azmin Ali and Zuraida Kamaruddin, for their "betrayal" against party principles and the effects of their actions causing instability in the Pakatan Harapan-led government.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nassution Ismail said the decision was reached following the actions of Azmin and Zuraida, who are the party's deputy president and vice-president respectively, and the role played in the open betrayal against the party.

"A few of these characters were the main mastermind in the event at Sheraton Hotel [on Sunday], and that is clearly against the party's stand on the matters concerning the position of the prime minister.

"And that has also affected the economy and politics as we can see today, the ringgit and stock market.

"As such, the central leadership unanimously have decided that Azmin and Zuraida will be sacked immediately," said Saifuddin in a press conference after the central leadership meeting.

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Also present during the meeting were PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

However, Anwar and Wan Azizah were not present during the press conference.

Anwar left the party headquarters around 2.10 p.m. and headed to Istana Negara (the state palace) for his meeting with the Malaysian king, known as Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Asked if Saifuddin and Zuraida will be allowed to appeal the party's decision, Saifuddin said it will follow the usual process.

He also said the party has identified other masterminds involved in the meeting between government and opposition MPs in Sheraton Hotel, Petaling Jaya on Sunday night.

"We will be sending them show-cause letters," he added.