Jeers as Rafizi’s protege Akmal Nasir announced as new PKR Youth chief

Ida Nadirah Ibrahim
Akmal Nasir reacts after he is announced as the new PKR Youth chief during the AMK Annual National Congress 2018 in Shah Alam November 16, 2018. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

SHAH ALAM, Nov 16 — Johor Baru MP Akmal Nasir is PKR’s new Youth chief, and it appears some of the party members didn’t taken too kindly to the announcement made just moments ago by the party’s election committee (JPP).

Akmal, who is an ally of Rafizi Ramli and widely considered as the latter’s protégé, defeated contenders Dr Afif Bahardin and Najwan Halimi.

The announcement of Akmal’s victory was met with dissatisfied jeers from Dr Afif’s supporters, who continued to chant the outgoing PKR deputy Youth chief’s name and staged a mass walkout.

Hilman Idham was announced as the new PKR deputy Youth chief.

Akmal in his speech as the new PKR youth chief, called upon Dr Afif to join him on stage and led chants of “reformasi”, saying afterwards that he looked forward to uniting the youth wing under the leadership of incoming PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“We have to serve the people under one leadership. Our objective that follows is to endure Anwar Ibrahim becomes the next prime minister,” he said.

Meanwhile, his deputy chief Hilman called for supporters of both camps to remain calm and unite under the new leadership for the betterment of the party.

“With this, I dissolve ‘Keadilan Masa Depan’ under the new leadership,” said Hilman in his maiden speech as deputy chief, referring to the group that was led by him and Dr Afif.

The Youth wing congress was adjourned at 6.48pm, today.

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