Group wants Anwar to go for top post

(The Star) – Some Selangor PKR division leaders have come out in support of party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim contesting the top post in the upcoming election.

The group led by Selangor PKR Leadership Council deputy chairman Abdul Kudus Omar said they would also back incumbent president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the deputy president’s post.

He said they made the suggestion to help ease tension and infighting among those vying for the deputy president’s post.

“We are not doing this to promote nepotism in the party but to preserve the harmony, stability and future of PKR,” he said.

It is widely expected that former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim will take on vice-president Azmin Ali for the number two spot during the party elections in November.

Abdul Kudus who is also Tanjong Karang division chief, urged Zaid and Azmin to contest the four vice-president positions instead.

“If they continue to contest for deputy president, we will not support them,” he stressed.

Alternatively, Abdul Kudus said they wanted Dr Wan Azizah and current deputy, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali to recontest.

“The status quo for the president and the deputy posts must be maintained with Wan Azizah as president and Dr Syed Husin as deputy,” Abdul Kudus told a press conference yesterday.

Abdul Kudus, who was with Petaling Jaya Selatan and Sabak Bernam division chiefs Sharifuddin Budin and Dr Badrul Amin claimed that they spoke for 22 divisions in the state.