GEORGE TOWN: Some 2,500 PKR members from nine branches in Penang allegedly quit the party, citing a loss of confidence in the party leadership.
Jelutong PKR chairman Shaharudin Mohd Sharif made this claim at a press conference held in Bayan Baru Saturday (Feb 29).
He was accompanied by Bagan PKR chairman Alan Oh, Bukit Gelugor PKR chairman Mustaqim Md Daud, Batu Kawan PKR chairman Lim Chee Leong, Tasek Gelugor PKR Wanita chief Nafizah Ismail and PKR Bayan Baru member M. Navalingam.
Branch representatives who were not present at the press conference were from Bukit Mertajam, Tanjung, and Nibong Tebal.
Shaharudin said the decision was made after they realised that the party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim only favoured certain groups in the party and sidelined those who struggled in the Reformasi struggle since 20 years ago.
“The leadership of the party also failed to unite the party during the recent party elections, which ended in chaos.
“The president also kept on harping on becoming the 8th prime minister and abandoned the welfare of the grassroots,” he said.
Without mincing his words, Shaharudin also pledged his support for sacked PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and former vice-president Zuraida Kamarudin.
“We will be loyal to Azmin and Zuraida and our way forward will be with them,” he said.
Shaharudin added there will be more members leaving the party soon.