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The rift between Khalid Ibrahim and Azmin Ali widens as both traded barbs over Selangor and PKR leadership, latest when the mentri besar said that the PKR deputy president lacks the ‘kind of leadership values’ to lead.
A few weeks ago, Azmin lamented Khalid by saying the MB is a ‘lousy politician‘ for not having the quality as a leader.
Azmin Ali has yet to show the kind of leadership skills needed to lead PKR in the event Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leaves politics, according to Selangor Mentri BesarTan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
Khalid, whose bitter rivalry with the PKR deputy president is well known, said that a “true leader” must have integrity and command a high level of trust among party members. When asked whether Azmin had these qualities and the ability to lead the party, Khalid replied with a curt “not yet.”
“All leaders need to be more than what they are now… if you get to that level then people will look upon you as a leader to follow,” he told The Malay Mail Online in an exclusive interview.
Khalid said PKR should instead develop a proper succession plan for a future beyond Anwar, adding that the party has younger, capable candidates who could be groomed to take over the top leadership.
“We should develop a succession plan for our party to be in the forefront of the Malaysian political arena.
“PKR has the quality and quantity, we have not dried up on younger leadership,” Khalid added, naming PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar, party strategist Rafizi Ramli and Machang Bubuk state assemblyman Lee Khai Loon as potential leaders.
PKR has to train its leaders to be guided by principle, he said.
“We are a reform party. We have to make sure our strategy and commitment will not be questioned.”
The bickering is worrying Anwar Ibrahim who will contest in Kajang by-election on March 23 as it will have some negative impacts on his chances to win.
Although many felt Pakatan Rakyat is the favorite, Anwar has persuaded both of them to bury the hatchet and work together for the sake of the party.
However, it looks like Khalid and Azmin will never shake hands!