PKR vows to field ‘principled’ candidates

Party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail promises that candidates for the coming polls will be committed to PKR’s struggle and not be lured by money.

(Free Malaysia Today) – PKR, which witnessed several of its elected representatives abandoning ship in the aftermath of the 2008 general election, vowed not to repeat the mistake.

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, party president and wife of opposition supremo Anwar Ibrahim, said PKR would not pick “suspicious” candidates for the coming polls.

“We (PKR’s top leadership) guarantee that we will consult the divisions and grassroots in choosing the candidates.

“The candidates should be those who are qualified, hold true to the principles of the struggle and will not be tempted by the millions of ringgit from the enemy (to defect),” she added.

Speaking to more than 2,000 people while opening PKR’s eighth national congress in Johor, Wan Azizah stressed that the party would not compromise with the enemies within.

She said the party leadership received feedback on some of its elected representatives who were ill qualified and performed poorly either in Parliament or state assemblies.

Those who neglected the plight of the “rakyat” would also face the stick, she said.

Blessing in disguise

She however said it was a blessing in disguise that the party had discovered traitors (PKR elected representatives who had left the party to become independents) early.

“They have now become the tools of corruption,” she said.