'No camps in PKR in deciding Anwar's run for PD'

NSTP Team

PETALING JAYA: Several PKR leaders today suggested that PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was not side-lined in the decision to vacate the Port Dickson parliamentary seat.

At media conference today, which was regarded as a show of force by party deputy president aspirant Rafizi Ramli, his staunch supporter PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said there "were no camps" in making the decision.

He was asked whether Azmin was side-lined or not consulted in vacating the seat.

"There are no camps in PKR. There is only one camp. Anwar's camp. He had said so.

"I want to say that when several leaders had also offered their seats to Anwar, he did not ask which camp each of them was from," Saifuddin said.

Today, Port Dickson parliamentary seat incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, in an announcement to pave way for Anwar, said it was part of his contribution to smooth transition of power to make the latter the country's eighth prime minister through a by-election.

To another question, Rafizi denied that the Malays were rejecting Anwar. — Reports by MOHD ANWAR PATHO ROHMAN, SYED UMAR ARIFF, FAHMY AZRIL ROSLI AND ESTHER LANDAU © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd