PKR deputy president Azmin Ali denied claims of a rift between him and Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, brushing off the rumours as “slander”.
He told reporters after officiating the election machinery in Kelantan yesterday that he has backed Khalid all along, as he has performed well as a leader.
“Some people say there is a conflict, it’s slander. Actually there is no friction, either at central level or state. I didn’t even know of the existence of the Azmin Ali Club,” Malay-language daily Sinar Harian quoted Azmin as saying.
Malaysiakini had reported last week on a covert movement by a group called Kami Sayangkan PKR (We Love PKR) apparently backed by Azmin’s fan club to unhorse Khalid’s feisty political secretary, Faekah Husin.
The group has been attacking Faekah through Twitter account @PecatFaekah (Sack Faekah), for the past three weeks particularly displeased with the disbursements of funds under Geran Selangorku, a development programme managed by Menteri Besar Incorporated.
The funds are derived from debts recovered from property developer Talam Corporation Bhd.
Micro to macro in no time
The campaign seemingly a trivial at first gathered momentum after Azmin re-tweeted one of the positing on the microblogging portal calling for Faekah (right) to be sacked as detractors claim that the grants are under Faekah’s control.
Asked on the matter earlier, Azmin, who had succeeded Khalid as state party chief, had said that the re-tweet was an “accident” but divulged that there have been numerous complaints against the political secretary for months now, without elaborating.
Kalid (right) had sai d the bitter campaign being run by a “disgruntled few” against his “capable” political secretary and hinted that it could very well be aimed at the Menteri Besar’s office in totality.
Sinar Harian ,however, quoted Azmin saying that issue is being played up by political rival, Umno, desperate to stir up tension between the two PKR leaders.
“Umno tried and they failed so far and I wish them good luck. I will continue to concentrate on my efforts with Khalid to strengthen the party and government machinery ahead of the coming election,” he was quoted saying.
Azmin also commented on PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli’s resignation from his Selangor government post, describing it as “normal” and should not be “manipulated”.
According to him, Rafizi had quit to focus on the general election which must be called by mid-next year.
“He has a huge responsibility because PKR and Pakatan Rakyat aim to bring a new approach, we want to bring hope to the people ,” he said.
“He is responsible for preparing the manifesto, pamphlets, so we feel he should not be burdened with state level responsibility,” Azmin said. – Mkini