Zaid to form new party in January

By Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Federal Territory PKR chief Zaid Ibrahim today announced that he will be forming a new party in January next year.

Speaking at press conference at his residence here, he said he would also be announcing the details on the party the same month.

However, in an apparent dig at this previous party, he said the new party would certainly not have “Keadilan” (Justice) in its name nor would it be called Parti Angkatan Keadilan Islam Malaysia (Akim) as had been speculated in some blogs.

Asked how confident he was about the new party garnering support from the people, Zaid said: “I wish to assure our (proponents of the party’s) friends that we will have a new party in the country… and I wish to give an assurance that it will not be a fledgling party, we will become big and strong.”

On Nov 8, Zaid, who was contesting PKR’s polls for the deputy president’s post for the 2010-2012 term, quit the party citing the polls lacked transparency.

Before joining PKR, the former Umno member had been a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was prime minister.