KUALA LUMPUR: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali says, there are hidden hands behind the bravado of PKR Youth Chief Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir, trying to stop him from speaking to the party’s youths, and it is time to hold an emergency crisis meeting .

Since two-thirds of the youth exco had risen up against Akmal, secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution and president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, there was clearly a leadership crisis, the Economic Affairs Minister said.

“The PKR leadership must take into account the concerns expressed by the members.

“Don’t take it lightly.

“They should allow due process, and this has been the convention, the practice of all political parties (for the deputy president to officiate the youth wing’s national conventions).

“Suddenly you withdrew the invitation you extended to me, to which I have already replied.

“As the deputy president, I have to be there, so what was the reason (for the retraction)? It was to silence me.

“I know for a fact that Akmal is a weak person.

“Twenty-one of 25 of PKR Youth’s elected leaders – more than two-thirds of the exco members – challenged the leadership of PKR Youth and the secretary-general and president.

“I will call for a political bureau meeting real soon,” said Azmin.

It was reported on Nov 13, that 21 of the 25 PKR Youth Central leaders signed a statement condemning the PKR secretary-general for triggering a “leadership crisis”.

Overriding the Youth leaders’ invitation on Nov 11, Saifuddin withdrew the invitation to Azmin to officiate the congress on Dec 6. However, on the same day, the invitation had now been extended to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as that was the norm in Umno, according to Akmal.

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