Azmin under the gun to submit GE report


PKR’s election committee chief urged to furnish complete post-mortem report on the party’s performance in the May 2013 general election.

(FMT) – PKR deputy president Azmin Ali is facing pressure from his party over the delay in submitting his post-mortem report on the May 5, 2013 general election.

Party leaders expressed disappointment with the flimsy report submitted by Azmin at a recent party meeting and are asking him to submit a comprehensive report on PKR’s under-performance.

The party won 30 parliamentary seats although it had expected to do much better. Azmin was PKR’s election committee chairman and that portfolio allowed him to select candidates for the GE.

Questions are now being raised as to his choice of certain candidates which could have resulted in the party losing the contested seats.

Party leaders are also questioning Azmin on his failure to plan proper strategies and implement them accordingly.

“As we see it, he was at fault on many factors in our preparation for the general election, and on how we tackled it,” said a party leader who did not wish to named.

The leader said that Azmin had been asked to submit a full report on the GE by mid-February. Thus far, he has only deliberated over a discussion session by talking about issues that are publicly known.

“A proper post-mortem report would surely reveal that he and his committee failed to train our election machinery and that he had failed on the choice of candidates,” said the leader.

“Interestingly, instead of revealing a detailed report, he is trying to pin the blame on Anwar Ibrahim and Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on the party’s performance,” he added.

Fallout with Anwar?

He said that by shifting the blame on Anwar, the party’s de facto leader, and Wan Azizah, Azmin planned to unseat the party president ostensibly by claiming that only he can now save the party.

“His relationship with Anwar is not at its best right now. There had been a fallout immediately after the GE. If Anwar is not careful, Azmin will make his move soon.

“Right now the PKNS fiasco has been a welcome distraction as he can play the role of a victim, laying the blame on his rival, Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim,” added the party insider.