This should be the way.
This shouldn’t be the way!
AYER KEROH, Dec 6 ― Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today expressed regret over the violence that broke out on the street outside the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) here where PKR is holding its annual congress.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also PKR advisory council chairman, said everyone should have kept a cool head and avoided provoking one another.
“We want our democracy to be peaceful and good. That is what we want. This cannot be our culture, we are Malaysians, we can sit down and talk to each other and resolve it nicely,” she told reporters on the sidelines after attending the closing ceremony of the congress.
She also admitted the existence of agent provocateurs within the party, but stopped short of naming anyone and instead urged all parties to allow the authorities to conduct their investigations.
Dr Wan Azizah said the party was merely obeying instructions from the Registrar of Societies (RoS) in dismissing former PKR Youth’s permanent chairman Muhamad Mizan Adli Mohd Nor from the party.
The PKR Youth congress was interrupted repeatedly this morning when a group of people tried to smuggle Muhamad Mizan into the event, clashing with those trying to stop them.
He was sacked just ahead of the congress and previously insisted he will attend to open the assembly.
Following today’s violent outbreak, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim directed the PKR disciplinary board to expel any member involved in disrupting the Youth wing’s national congress.
When asked why clashes between party members have persisted since the party’s inception over 20 years ago, Dr Wan Azizah attributed it to the party’s dynamic.
“It’s the dynamic, it’s the party. In any party, there is a dynamic. If it is a dead party, boring lah,” she said.
On PKR Youth deputy chief Muhammad Hilman Idham and several other wing leaders’ demand to boycott the congress on security factors, Dr Wan Azizah said Hilman can come and go as he wished as it was a party congress after all.
“Want to come, come. This is our congress right, they are delegates, they are welcome to come,” she said.
When pressed further, Dr Wan Azizah then asked Hilman to attend meetings before ending the press conference.
Earlier, Hilman said the majority of PKR Youth’s Central Leadership Council members wanted the party’s top leadership to guarantee their safety after a series of violent outbreaks that marred the congress this morning.
The group also wants RoS to declare the youth congress null and void, so that the congress can be held again at another date.
Street fight mars PKR Youth congress in Melaka, stone thrown and face bloodied
Chaos erupted outside the MITC where the PKR Youth National Congress is taking place in Melaka December 6, 2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
AYER KEROH, Dec 6 — Violence broke out on the street outside the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) here today where PKR is holding its annual congress.
Malay Mail understands a stone was thrown into a crowd just as the party’s Youth delegates were making their way out for lunch and Friday prayers, injuring at least one.
“His name is Fadhil and he is from Batu division. He is currently brought to the clinic for treatment and will be lodging a police report soon,” a PKR Youth member who declined to be named told Malay Mail when asked the identity of the injured man.
An injured PKR member is led away following a brawl that took place outside the Melaka International Trade Centre complex in Melaka December 6, 2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Clashes between PKR Youth delegates dressed in the party’s signature sky blue colours and another group dressed in all-black erupted earlier this morning inside the MITC, just outside the doors to its Classic Ballroom where the congress was taking place.
Roughly 100 people were seen fighting after PKR Youth’s newly announced permanent chairman Rashid Abu Bakar called for break at about 12.30pm.
A group of youths dressed in all-black is seen at the PKR Youth National Congress in Melaka December 6, 2019. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
The all-black mystery group wore a T-shirt with a PKR flag printed on the left breast and comprised youths who looked to be teens. They declined to identify themselves to the media when asked, but were present during each of the altercations.
PKR Youth chief Akmal Nasrullah Md Nasir said he too could not tell where the group was from, saying the congress secretariat might know about it.
“I don’t know,” he told reporters when asked during a news conference later. He added that he was sitting in the front of the hall.
Roughly 100 people were seen fighting after PKR Youth’s newly announced permanent chairman Rashid Abu Bakar called for break at about 12.30pm. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Akmal said that anyone injured by the altercation can lodge a report with the secretariat and the police.
“I will refer to the secretariat to know what is happening. We know that the running of the congress is perfect and we respected the rights of the delegates to enter no matter which group they are from,” he said.
Several police officers were also at the scene but did not respond to media requests for information.