KUALA LUMPUR: Former Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk S. Ambiga has criticised PKR for the election candidate selection crisis that has hit the party.
In a tweet, the former Bar Council president called the party infighting “nonsense” and “unforgivable”.
“When the rakyat are doing everything in their power to overcome obstacles to ensure they can vote and to help in the elections, this nonsense in PKR is unforgivable!”
It had been recently reported that PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had rejected eight names proposed by her deputy, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, as candidates for PKR in the general election.
Among these were rumoured to be party vice-president Tian Chua and Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong, to defend their Batu and Wangsa Maju parliamentary seats.
Tian Chua, in fact, had issued a warning to the PKR leadership to be careful when picking candidates, specifically if only choosing to lobby for certain candidates.
Though Azmin had denied any problems, there seemed to be an air of awkwardness at a recent PKR function in Permatang Pauh, Penang.
As soon as Azmin took to the stage to deliver his speech, Dr Wan Azizah had leaned towards her daughter, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, and whispered to her, then got up and left in a huff.