PETALING JAYA: PKR organising secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad announced today that he will be contesting for the vice-president’s post in the upcoming party elections.
He said his decision to contest was driven by “moments of despair” that PKR had gone through over the last two years, including the Sheraton Move and the party’s losses in recent state elections.
PKR needed to be strengthened before it faces the next general election (GE15), he said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
“When (PKR vice-president) Rafizi Ramli announced that he will be contesting for the party’s deputy president’s post, it was well received not only by the members but also the public who want to see (a form of) politics that is an alternative to Barisan Nasional (BN) and Perikatan Nasional (PN).
“I want to help in that effort and, therefore, I would like to offer myself as a candidate for the vice-president’s post,” the Setiawangsa MP said.
Nik Nazmi said he also wanted to galvanise PKR members to win the hearts of voters so that the party could face GE15 “in its finest form”.
“The combination of Anwar Ibrahim and Rafizi as party president and deputy president is a good one.
“Together with other leaders from various parts of the country and racial backgrounds, we will be able to present PKR as a party that is not only relevant for the present, but for the future as well.”
The party elections for the 2022-2025 term will take place from May 13-18.
FMT reported recently that the “Ayuh Malaysia” campaign launched by Rafizi on Saturday could give an indication of who would be in his team when he runs for the deputy president’s post.
A source told FMT that this included four leaders who would be vying for the vice-presidents’ posts, namely Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tanjong Malim MP Chang Lih Kang, former Kapar MP G Manivannan, and Nik Nazmi.
Speculation is rife that PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail will be challenging Rafizi for the deputy president’s post.