“If my sources are right, pressure is mounting on Azmin to trigger an Extraordinary General Meeting to challenge Anwar for party presidency”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
عزمين تريما تكنن اونتوق ءتندڠ انور كلوار منروسي ايڬمء
It appears that PKR’s top brass is now in the business of ‘issuing” letters of demand.
Well, if the so-called letter Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyer claims was sent to Muhammed Yusoff Rawther never actually reached the latter, it is left to be seen if the letter Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail claims was sent to Zuraida Kamaruddin will ever reach the PKR vice-president.
According to Saifuddin, the letter he sent has to do with a ‘slanderous’ speech Zuraida delivered during a dinner gathering at Renaissance Hotel on the 8thof December 2019.
It is unclear at this point which part the speech Saifuddin found offensive.
The dinner was organised by Azmin shortly after factions aligned to him boycotted the final day of the party’s national congress in Melaka.
When asked if Zuraida had responded to the party’s show cause letter, Saifuddin said he did not know as the letter would be sent directly to the disciplinary board, not him.
“I am not sure if she has responded. But what I am waiting for from her is (a response) to my suit. That’s all,” he said.
Is that not weird?
How is it that the secretary general of PKR is not informed if the disciplinary board has or has not received a reply from Zuraida?
Was it not he who announced the issuance of the letter on behalf of the disciplinary board?
This is just like the time when reporters asked Saifuddin if he knew the content of the letter.
According to him, he was not privy to its content as it was the disciplinary board that sent the letter, not him.
Is that not even weirder? How could he have announced the issuance of a letter on behalf of the disciplinary board without knowing its content?
Is Saifuddin too stupid to see this?
From the looks of it, this is going to be yet another episode of “the mysterious letters from Zuraida” – late last August, Zuraida claimed she was absent from party leadership meetings as the three letters she had sent to Anwar were never attended to.
According to her, the letters were to seek recourse from Anwar towards resolving an internal party strife that involved both Anwar and Azmin.
Cornered, Anwar was forced to admit that he had received the letters and claimed he had responded to one of them.
However, he was quick to pass the buck on to Saifuddin, telling reporters that the remaining two letters would be attended to by the party secretary general.
The whole thing quickly turned into a circus of errors when the same reporters decided to confront Saifuddin on the matter.
Caught off guard, Saifuddin acknowledged receiving one letter but completely denied knowledge of the remaining two.
It is unclear at this point if the letter Saifuddin claimed knowledge of was the same one Anwar had responded to.
The whole episode demonstrates just how desperate Anwar and Saifuddin are to drive home the impression that the majority of PKR leaders want Zuraida and Azmin removed from the party.
However, not only were Zuraida and Azmin able to lead more than two thirds of the party’s high command and hundreds others out of a conference hall last December, on Tuesday, over 44 PKR elected representatives demanded that the show cause letter to Zuraida be withdrawn “with immediate effect.”
Every indicator suggests that Anwar has lost complete control of PKR and isn’t wanted by the majority of its leaders.
If my sources are right, pressure is mounting on Azmin to trigger an Extraordinary General Meeting to challenge Anwar for party presidency.