Vacating of PD Parliament seat not announced in meeting

SHAH ALAM (Bernama) – The decision to vacate the Port Dickson parliamentary seat to give way to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest in a by-election was not discussed or officially announced at a party meeting.

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said normally any important plannings including concerning a by-election would be discussed in a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) political bureau meeting as it involved a major strategy.

“I was not around as I was working in Lumut, Perak during a previous political bureau meeting, so I do not know what happened during the meeting.

“But, if you ask me, no official meeting has been held regarding the announcement or decision of Datuk Seri (Anwar) to contest in any by-election or anyone vacating a seat,” he told reporters after launching the 22nd Inpens International College Convocation Ceremony at the Perak Jubilee Hall.

Amirudin said this when asked to comment on the statement by PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin yesterday, who criticised the actions of some of the party’s leaders to decide on vacating the Port Dickson Parliamentary seat without following the correct channels.

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari. – BERNAMA

According to Zuraida, who is also the Minister of Housing and Local Government, every decision had to be made by discussions to get the support of all party members and the consensus reached must be in line with the spirit of reform and democracy.

The statement follows the action of Port Dickson Member of Parliament Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah who announced quitting the seat to give way to Anwar, who recently won unopposed as PKR president, to contest in a by-election.

Amirudin, however, said, seeing the decision had already been made, he would carry out his responsibilities to help PKR retain the parliamentary seat in the by-election.

Asked if frustrated and would not vote in the by-election as a sign of protest, he said the situation should be viewed from time to time.

“That’s why this strategy has to be discussed seriously in a meeting and so we can see its importance.

“However, some decisions have been made at the discretion of the president and the leadership so we have to seriously discuss it … but, regardless, our responsibility is to ensure the party wins,” he said.