Wanita PKR seeks bigger party role

PETALING JAYA: Wanita PKR is seeking more top positions in the coming national party elections.Top on the list is PKR election director Fuziah Salleh, who is nominated to contest one of the four national vice-president posts — which had been tra­di­tionally dominated by men.The wing also wants Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong to contest the central committee as well as Petaling Jaya Utara division chief posts.

Women power: PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin (seated, second from left) posing with fellow Wanita leaders during a press conference at the party headquarters in Petaling Jaya yesterday. Among the leaders are Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong (standing, second from left) and PKR election director Fuziah Salleh (seated, second from right).

Wanita, Youth and division elections are scheduled from Sept 17 to Oct 3.

Wanita chief Zuraida Kama­ruddin said they were sending strong reminders to the grassroots to fulfil the party’s new constitution to ensure 30% female participation in decision-making positions.

“We also want Wanita to take on at least 10 division chief posts.

“Currently we have females heading six divisions namely Permatang Pauh (Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail), Lembah Pantai (Nurrul Izzah Anwar), Kuantan (Fuziah Salleh), Cheras (Felicia Ling), Seputeh (Karen Goh) and Gelang Patah (Dr Zaleha Mustafa).

“We hope the incumbent female division chiefs are returned unopposed.

“We are also eyeing to take on four more divisions namely Ampang, Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya Selatan and Petaling Jaya Utara,’’ she said.

The wing had endorsed Zu­­raida for the Ampang divison chief’s post.

Selangor deputy speaker Haniza Talha (Shah Alam), Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail (Petaling Jaya Selatan) and Wong (Petaling Jaya Utara) complete the list of the ten women endorsed to contest division chief positions.

On Wanita elections, Zuraida said they had decided there should be no contest for the top three positions.

“We want incumbent deputy Wanita chief Rodziah Ismail, and vice chiefs Haniza Talha and Noorsham Abu Samah to be returned unopposed.

“As the other deputy chief Zaleha Mustafa has decided to step down, we have nominated Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei to replace her,’’ she said.

Zuraida said although they had lined-up the “preferred team,” members were free to nominate other candidates of their choice.

Source: The Star

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