PKR issues show-cause letter to Zuraida over disciplinary issues

Yiswaree Palansamy

PKR Secretary-General Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution speaks to reporters outside the party’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya January 18, 2020. ― Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

PETALING JAYA, Jan 18 ― PKR has issued a show-cause letter to its vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin yesterday over disciplinary issues, the party’s secretary-general, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said today.

In a press conference Saifuddin said that the Ampang MP now has 14 days to respond.

Saifuddin, however, did not detail the offences for which Zuraida has been pinned for.

 “In 2020, the appeals board received four complaints, and one of which was reported by Datuk Ahmad Kassim in the MPP, is to do with Zuraida Kamaruddin. Yesterday, on January 17, a show-cause letter was issued to Zuraida and beginning yesterday, she has 14 days to provide an explanation, and only then the disciplinary board will make any further decision.

“Either to have a hearing or have the case dropped, that is within the jurisdiction of the disciplinary board under Datuk Ahmad Kassim,” he said.

Zuraida was absent from the MPP meeting today.

Earlier in the morning, grassroots members made up of her supporters and critics staged a protest outside the party headquarters here, with one faction demanding her sacking with the other throwing their support behind Zuraida.

Zuraida, who is also housing and local government minister, was previously referred to PKR‘s disciplinary board, after her diatribe against the leadership last November.

She was criticised by party members for attacking fellow PKR leaders in her speech at the “Shared Prosperity Vision” dinner on December 8 last year.

She allegedly insulted party members and disclosed details of an alleged private conversation she had with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

In her speech, Zuraida, was critical of Anwar and his supporters, in many instances suggesting they were blind fanatics who craved power.

The dinner, initially touted as a separate congress aimed at challenging the legitimacy of the primary assembly that was being held on the same day, turned into a rallying call for support for PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

At the press conference today, Saifuddin also announced several changes in the membership of the MPP, with Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye now appointed to replace Machang Bubuk state assemblyperson Lee Khai Loon.

Batu Tiga assemblyperson Rodziah Ismail has now replaced Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, who is also Johor PKR chief and Ledang MP.

A decision was also made today to replace Khai Loon with Hulu Selangor MP June Leow, who would assume the former’s role in the disciplinary board.

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Sim Tze Tzin were appointed to replace Nibong Tebal MP Datuk Mansor Othman as PKR’s strategic director.

During the press conference, Saifuddin also announced that PKR has suspended the membership of its party’s former Youth exco member, Akmal Hisham Ahmad Tamyiz, who was among the 17 nabbed in a drug party, which also saw several Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) members being detained.

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