(Malaysian Digest) - A former aide to PKR women's wing chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, Mohd Fareez Kamal Intidzam, has urged Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail not to defend the party presidency and make way for deputy president Azmin Ali.
"The PKR machinery in Selangor headed by Azmin has managed to retain the state with a bigger majority in this general election. Following Azmin's strong showing, Dr Wan Azizah should not seek re-election in the coming party polls," he said in a statement yesterday.
Fareez also called on Dr Wan Azizah to openly admit her "failures" and to acknowledge Azmin's great leadership as the Selangor PKR chairman.
"Even though Azmin is only the deputy president, he managed to win both the parliamentary and state seats he contested in the recent polls. Also, he was able to lead the PKR machinery in Selangor to win a two-thirds majority in the state assembly," he said.
Fareez said on the other hand, Dr Wan Azizah proved to be a failure as PKR president after announcing that she would not contest in the general election.
"She is a liability to PKR and she should stop humiliating the party. It is shameful for any political organisation in the world if its president does not hold a parliamentary or state seat."
Fareez added that Dr Wan Azizah was no longer relevant in the current political scenario as she could not win the hearts and minds of the youth who supported PKR.
Fareez said instead, PKR needed a "complete leader" like Azmin to become the next president who could map out a new direction for the party.
"The perception that the party is led by a dynasty should be quashed once and for all. Failing which, PKR will be frowned upon by other countries as it will be regarded as a party that is nepotistic in nature."
He, therefore, urged every PKR member, including the party's top echelon, to give their full support to Azmin to become the new party president in the coming elections.