PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is not taking any sides in the upcoming battle between Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Rafizi Ramli for the party’s deputy presidency. Pic by NSTP/HAFIZ SOHAIMI

SHAH ALAM: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is not taking any sides in the upcoming battle between Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Rafizi Ramli for the party’s deputy presidency.

Dr Wan Azizah, when asked for comments on the possible clash between the two in the party polls next month, declined to be drawn into who she is backing.

Her support, she said, is for all PKR members.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is Deputy Prime Minister, said PKR practices a democratic system.

“Competitions allow the party to grow further,” she told a press conference after a hi-tea event with PKR members and residents of Sungai Kandis.

Rafizi’s announcement and Azmin silence on his plans for the party’s leadership polls have fuelled rumours of camps forming around both men.

Dr Wan Azizah, however, dismissed the rumours of the existence of two camps within PKR.

The Pakatan Harapan president also said the party requires a balance between new and old faces.

“As seen in the 14th General Election, there were many new faces along with old timers. We, as Malaysians, we need the old and new. It is important to have continuity,” she said.

On the Selangor PKR Youth members who resigned from the party, Dr Wan Azizah said she would obtain a report on the matter.

Selangor PKR Youth secretary Syed Badli Shah Syed Osman on July 27 quit his post with immediate effect, claiming that ‘democracy is dead’ in the party’s state chapter and that the situation is worsening with PKR’s alleged practice of cronyism and nepotism.

On July 28, Abdul Mutalib Ahmad resigned from his post as Sabak Bernam PKR Youth chief.