KUALA LUMPUR, August 11 – The Chairman of Perikatan Nasional (PN) Selangor, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, has denied accusations that he is a traitor within the PKR (People’s Justice Party). Instead, he claims to have been “stabbed” by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and expelled from the party. “I was appointed by Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad), not Anwar. Once again, this is evidence that shows he didn’t want me to be more successful than him. He stabbed me in the back. He expelled me.
I never switched parties. This is the record I want to uphold. It’s not true if there are reports that say ‘since Azmin left Keadilan (PKR)’,” he clarified. Mohamed Azmin made these statements while responding to questions raised by Shahril Hamdan regarding Anwar’s “distrust” of him during a podcast episode of “Keluar Sekejap” last night. He further explained that he was denied many things, including during the time when Pakatan Harapan (PH) successfully governed the federal government in 2018.
He stated that he was never considered for any position, despite previously holding the position of Deputy President of the party and being the longest-serving member. For the record, in February 2020, the Central Leadership Council of PKR decided to expel Azmin as a member of the party. This decision was reportedly made due to Azmin’s actions being labeled as “an open betrayal” and having the potential to destabilize PH.