PUTRAJAYA: PKR divisional leaders have the right to express their support for party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in their own way.
Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said he respected the decision of the divisional leaders throughout the country to gather signatures in support of Anwar’s leadership because PKR was a democratic party.
“It’s just a statement of support. It’s normal in politics.
“Some support and some don’t. As for the support, some remain silent, some express themselves.
“It’s the choice of these divisional leaders to express support.
“I feel the process should be allowed. It does not jeopardise the national economy.
“So, the divisional leaders have a choice,” he told a press conference after a dialogue with youths here.
Saifuddin was commenting on a statement by PKR Wanita chief Haniza Mohamed Talha that the divisional leaders’ efforts to collect signatures around the country in support of Anwar was a waste of time and causing confusion among grassroots members.
On Sunday, PKR Kangar chief Noor Amin Ahmad claimed that 90 per cent or 197 of the 219 PKR divisional leaders around the country supported Anwar’s leadership and denied that there was a split in the party.
On the dialogue, which touched on the cost of living, Saifuddin, who is domestic trade and consumer affairs minister, said a noteworthy proposal was for the undergraduates from the M40 (middle income) group to be included as recipients of aid under the Food Bank Siswa programme.
“They are in the M40 group and want the Food Bank to be more flexible so that they will not be left out,” he said.
The Food Bank Siswa programme was introduced to benefit undergraduates in the B40 (low income) group.
Saifuddin said the ministry would study the proposals from the youths at the dialogue, who represented 41 youth associations from around the country. - BERNAMA