Dr Wan Azizah denies having 2 ‘camps’ in PKR


PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (picture) yesterday brushed aside allegations that there are two camps or groups in the party, one supporting her and the other supporting her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also deputy prime minister (DPM), said her husband, who is PKR de facto leader, and members of the party were moving together under one camp.

“There are no camps…we are one camp,” she told reporters at the Kajang state constituency Aidilfitri open house yesterday.

Recently, party secretary general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, had claimed that there are two camps in the party with one faction calling for Dr Wan Azizah to stay on as president, while the other wanted her to step down and make way for Anwar, as preparation to replace PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Yesterday, political analyst Dr Ainul Adzellie Hasnul was reported as saying he believes that the two camps really existed in the party.

Asked whether she would defend her position in the party elections in August, Dr Wan Azizah said the matter is still in the discussion stage.

“At the moment I am the incumbent, it’s going to be a tough election. There is no decision yet whether I should contest or not, so I think (for now) I will still contest,” she said.

However, she said the party is open for anyone to be nominated for any position based on the democratic principles.

On the Sungai Kandis state by-election following the death of assembly man Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei last Monday, Dr Wan Azizah said PKR already has a list of candidates and the announcement is expected to be made during the next meeting.

In the 14th General Election, Mat Shuhaimi, representing PKR, defended the seat with a majority of 12,480 votes in a four-cornered contest against Barisan Nasional, PAS and Parti Rakyat Malaysia.