Azmin Ali says no one was forced to resign during the Sheraton Move compared to the Kajang and Port Dickson moves orchestrated by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
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The real political traitors in the country are the ones who instigated the Kajang and Port Dickson moves instead of those who were involved in the infamous Sheraton Move, says Perikatan Nasional (PN) information chief Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Azmin said those who labelled him and a host of former PKR MPs that jumped ship to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in 2020 as traitors were bankrupt of ideas.
“Why don’t we focus on the Kajang move, the Port Dickson move, but choose the Sheraton Move when these moves (Kajang and PD) were the absolute betrayal to the people’s representatives who are still alive, still serving, and elected in a general election.
“Due to someone’s greed, these representatives (in Kajang and Port Dickson) were forced to resign. Is this not betrayal?” Azmin was quoted as saying by Getaran.
He claimed that the political manoeuvrings of both the Kajang and Port Dickson moves were to satisfy PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s wishes to become the Selangor menteri besar and prime minister.
He also pointed out that nobody was pressured to resign during the Sheraton Move and added that it was necessary to consolidate former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s position.
Azmin said that the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government was due to a power struggle and failure to fulfil the people’s aspirations.
“We wanted to consolidate the position of Tun (Dr Mahathir) so that he could receive strong support in implementing policies in the Dewan Rakyat, in the government, but due to infighting and power struggles within Pakatan Harapan itself, Tun had resigned,” Azmin said, adding that he and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin shouldn’t be blamed for Dr Mahathir’s resignation.
The Kajang move took place in 2014 during the late Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s tenure as the Selangor menteri besar. Lee Chin Cheh of PKR was asked to vacate his seat to make way for Anwar only for the latter to be barred from contesting the Kajang by-election due to the sodomy II case involving his former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan. Anwar’s wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail subsequently ran in his place and won the by-election but Azmin was appointed as menteri besar after Abdul Khalid was ousted.
Meanwhile, fresh from his royal pardon by then Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, after his second incarceration following his second sodomy conviction, Anwar contested the Port Dickson by-election and won the seat after its former MP, Danyal Balagopal, also from PKR resigned to give way to Anwar who was still in prison during the 14th general election in 2018.