Zuraida told to leave party over Haziq statement

(The Star) – Dissent within PKR continues to boil in light of the sex video controversy as its Wanita vice-chief slammed party vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin for releasing a statement that contradicts the party’s position.

Datin Faizah Ariffin said Zuraida should have followed the party’s decision to issue Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz a show-cause letter, instead of making personal statements that were against the party’s decisions.

On Monday (June 24), Zuraida reportedly said that if it were up to her, Haziq would have been sacked immediately from the party.

She said Haziq was given a show-cause letter because the party wanted to ensure due process was adhered to before taking any action against him.

“Zuraida is a member of the PKR political bureau that was convened to make a decision on the Haziq and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali. The decision made by the PKR disciplinary board on June 16 received a consensus from the political bureau on June 19.

“As a leader, she should defend the decision of the board.

“In the goal to rebuild the country, we do not need people like this,” Faizah said.

Haziq, who is the Santubong PKR Youth chief, caused an uproar when he confessed to being one of two men seen in a sex video, with the other person being Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

The party disciplinary board issued Haziq a show-cause letter on Wednesday (June 19) and he was given 14 days to respond.

Last week, 21 out of the party’s 25 elected youth leaders called for Haziq to be kicked out after the letter was issued.

Azmin has since denied the allegation, saying it was a nefarious plot to end his political career.