(TMI) – ANWAR Ibrahim’s move to strengthen the Penang PKR leadership with national personalities is causing unease among state officials, who fear losing important posts in the state government.
Among those slated to take up top posts are party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who was appointed strategic adviser to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in January this year.
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar’s name has also come up. The Lembah Pantai MP has been widely speculated to contest in Penang to defend her father’s old parliamentary seat, Permatang Pauh, although the party has made no official announcement.
It was previously reported that Penang PKR had not been happy about the central party making decisions without consulting local leaders and the latest unhappiness is over the nomination of Saifuddin as the next Penang Islamic Council (MAINPP) president.
PKR sources told The Malaysian Insight that local party leaders in Penang were not very pleased with the arrangement.
“The Penang PKR leadership did not know anything about Saifuddin until he arrived in the state. They were not consulted,” one PKR source said.
Another PKR insider said the state party leadership would likely protest to the central leadership over the matter.