Zaid withdraws decision to dissolve Kita

(The Malaysian Insider) – Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has withdrawn his decision to dissolve Parti Keadilan Insan Tanah Air (Kita), the party he founded shortly after leaving PKR.

According to Sinar Harian Online today, the maverick politician had informed several Kita state chapter chiefs of his decision through a senior party officer.

“I received a call around 8am today. The party coordinator officer contacted me to inform me of Datuk Zaid’s new decision to not dissolve the party. An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) will not be held,” Johor Kita chief Dr Mohd Zaid Mohd Yusof was quoted as saying on the website.

Dr Mohd Zaid added that his party welcomes the decision, as there was no reason for the dissolution in the first place.

In a surprising announcement on Kita’s website on Thursday, Zaid said an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) would be held soon to dissolve Kita following reports of members in Kedah and Penang openly attacking Pakatan Rakyat (PR), “making it clear they are not interested in real issues and merely want to embarrass and ridicule the opposition”.

“I realise now that forming Kita was a mistake,” the former Umno law minister had said. “I had hoped to provide alternative ideas in politics and to bring a wider diversity of talent to the opposition’s leadership.”

Following his announcement, several Kita state leaders openly rejected their president’s bid to dissolve the party and instead lobbied for his resignation.