PKR’s Central Leadership Council decided that party members tied to the senior leaders’ factions who defected to Bersatu would be automatically sacked.
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11,000 PKR members and party leaders aligned to the then deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali were sacked by the party in the aftermath of the infamous Sheraton Move, said its secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
Saifuddin did not hide the fact that the move had impacted PKR as the party also lost its senior leaders in the process.
“We lost senior leaders and gave 11,000 members the boot. It was a necessary action to take, but it had a huge impact on the party.
“Members are an asset to the party because it’s difficult to identify and train the right people when they join PKR. A lot of them took many risks to join the party as well.
“So you can imagine the impact on the party when a large number of members are removed,” he was quoted as saying by FMT.
He said that following the Sheraton Move that led to the fall of the Pakatan Harapan federal government, PKR Central Leadership Council decided that party members belonging to the senior leaders’ factions who defected to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) would be automatically sacked.
Saifuddin added that PKR polls slated in May are necessary for the party to fill key positions that were left vacant by the sacked leaders and defectors in preparation for the 15th General Election.
In the upcoming PKR polls, Saifuddin will take on his predecessor Rafizi Ramli who is making his political comeback, for the party’s deputy president post.
Both Saifuddin and Rafizi belong to the same faction during the previous party election in 2018.