Malaysia: Zuraida steps back from PKR posts amid disciplinary proceedings

  • PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin is taking leave from all party posts until disciplinary proceedings against her are completed.
  • Her political secretary Nor Hizwan Ahmad announced this on 5 Feb 20, Malay Mail Online reported. Nor Hizwan said Zuraida, who is also housing and local government minister, sent a letter to party president Anwar Ibrahim on 5 Feb.
  • She is stepping back as vice-president as well as Ampang PKR division chief. Her leave begins immediately, Nor Hizwan said.
  • Zuraida is facing disciplinary proceedings for a speech made at a dinner in December in which she allegedly insulted Anwar and leaked details of a private conversation between them.
  • The dinner followed the conclusion of the PKR annual congress, which saw open verbal attacks between the factions aligned to Anwar and deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.
  • Azmin, Zuraida and others allied to the economic affairs minister had boycotted the final day of the congress, and attended the dinner where speeches attacking Anwar’s faction were made.
  • At the same dinner, Zuraida had also accused PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail of misappropriating funds, over which the latter is suing her for defamation.
  • PKR’s disciplinary board issued Zuraida a show-cause letter on 18 Jan 20, to which she replied on 29 Jan 20 by defending her actions.
  • Nor Hizwan on 5 Feb 20 said Zuraida has also replied to the disciplinary board about two other letters of demand, from Anwar’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, and from Saifuddin.

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