PKR deputy president, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has lashed out at the lack of transparency behind the party’s ongoing elections, labeling it as akin to ignoring the voices of the PKR grassroots.
He reminded PKR leaders not to be “so arrogant and drunk on power” to the extent that they turn a blind eye to doubtful practices with the party’s elections.
PKR leaders, he said, should listen to and comply with the wishes of the grassroots, who have expressed concern over the lack of transparency in the election process, especially that involving the party’s Julau division in Sarawak.
“We had urged for the Julau division election to be postponed until the electoral roll is cleaned up.
“As part of the reform movement, party leaders should be prepared to listen to the grouses voiced by those among the grassroots.
“Don’t be so arrogant and conceited until you are willing to push through an election process that lacks transparency, all because you wish to side with certain groups,” he told the NSTP after officiating the Karnival Gemilang 2018 Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Melawati 2 here on Saturday.
NCUMBENT PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali has taken the lead over challenger Rafizi Ramli in the first phase of party polls in Sarawak today.
Based on early results, Azmin received 2,858 votes to Rafizi’s 1,508 in 21 divisions, taking a lead of 1,350 votes.
Azmin was asked to comment on remarks by PKR central leadership council member R. Sivarasa, who had raised questions over the discrepancies in the PKR election in Julau, which registered a drastic rise in membership over a short period of time.
Sivarasa, in a statement, had checks showed that from the 6,474 of 13,178 people who comprised the new additions to the party, 5,018 of them could not be reached to confirm their membership.
The 1,310 who did answer their phones, he claimed, admitted they had no knowledge of ever joining PKR; 237 of them said that while they were interested in joining PKR, they never registered.
Controversy was also triggered when PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail made a visit to Julau last Tuesday, leading to accusations that she appeared to be canvassing support for Rafizi Ramli, who is contesting Azmin for the deputy presidency.
Dr Wan Azizah, however, maintained that she was there in her capacity as the deputy prime minister and not to support any candidate.
The controversy over Julau came about when it was revealed that the division, which had only 603 members, registered a sudden rise in membership to more than 13,000, supposedly within the span of one day on June 27.