PKR rift deepens after graft claims report lodged

PETALING JAYA • The move by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary-general Rafizi Ramli to lodge a report on alleged graft in the Selangor government led by the party's powerful deputy president Azmin Ali is threatening to split the party further, according to The Star daily.

The rift within the party - with Mr Azmin on one side and president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on the other - was already an open secret before this latest development.

Mr Rafizi entered Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters around noon on Monday to submit information on certain individuals, whom he did not name, in relation to the running of the state government.

Dr Wan Azizah, with whom Mr Rafizi is seen to be aligned, had instructed him to submit any evidence of such alleged corruption to the MACC.

The allegations first surfaced in a PKR member's WhatsApp group message that was leaked. Mr Rafizi later confirmed that he wrote the message.

In a statement late last month, following Mr Rafizi's admission, Mr Azmin denounced the allegations, saying there was no proof. The accusations, he said, were part of a systematic smear campaign against the state government.

Yesterday, the Selangor Menteri Besar did not attend some of his scheduled functions and declined requests for a statement in response to Mr Rafizi's latest move to report to the MACC.

With the latest turn of events taking place less than a week before nomination for the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections on Sunday, officials from PKR's Pakatan Harapan partners, namely the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Amanah, were quick to downplay the prospects of infighting in the party.

Klang MP Charles Santiago of DAP said any infighting within the party would not affect the upcoming by-elections.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2016, with the headline 'PKR rift deepens after graft claims report lodged'. Print Edition | Subscribe