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Zuraidah caught in PKR crossfire over gay sex issue

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — June 25, 2019: The imbroglio within PKR continues to fester today, with one of its leaders being hurled brickbats for making a statement that contradicted the party’s position on the gay sex controversy.

As a result vice-president Zuraidah Kamaruddin was not only warned to respect what she deemed a lenient decision on the member who admitted to have had gay sex with deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali but was also told to leave the party.

“Lucky I am not the president. I would have acted very sternly against him and booted him out,” was Zuraidah’s objectionable remark, which she uttered at an event yesterday, in reference to Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz.

Her statement drew the ire of Wanita vice-chief Datin Faizah Ariffin, who in her put-down described Zuraidah as being disrespectful.

Faizah also reminded Zuraidah that it was collectively decided at the political bureau meeting on June 19 that a show-cause letter be issued to Haziq.

“As a leader, she (Zuraidah) should defend the decision. In the goal to rebuild the country, we do not need people like this,” Faizah said in a statement today.

A few hours after Faizah’s rebuke, party secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail asked Zuraidah to respect the decision.

“She was there at the meeting and after discussing the issue we made a decision. It is better if we respect that,” Saifuddin reasoned.

While Zuraidah has yet to respond, her political secretary Nor Hizwan Ahmad, who is Ampang PKR information chief, slammed those who have been criticising his boss.

“Her views may go against the grain but it must be respected by all members as PKR is a party that upholds democracy and freedom of speech. Faizah’s failure to understand this concept reflects her narrow-mindedness.

“PKR was founded on the belief that every member can speak freely so that they would not be mere rubber stamps and yes-men,” read Nor Hizwan’s statement later today.

Last week, 21 of PKR’s 25 elected Youth leaders asked for Haziq to be sacked after the show-cause letter was issued to him.

Azmin, who is Economics Affairs Minister, has denied Haziq’s claim, instead saying it was a nefarious plot to end his political career.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]