Following the Anwar-Azmin spat, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was absent from PKR’s central leadership meeting on July 28.
This time, PKR president Anwar remained silent on the matter. Instead, the leaders from Anwar’s camp in the party launched their attacks on Azmin.
PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution reminded PKR leaders to prioritise party programmes. Meanwhile, former PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah urged leaders not to side-line party matters.
On the other hand, Azmin clarified his absence, stating that he had official government duties to attend to.
With the recent clashes within PKR, it noticeable that number of news articles that mentioned both Azmin with PKR increased in the past 30 days.
For the month of July, the gap between new articles that mentioned Azmin with PKR and Azmin without PKR was wider in early July. But the gap became narrower following the arrests of suspects linked to the production and distribution of the alleged sex scandal on July 14.
The gap started to widen again after Anwar and Azmin came to terms and both agreed that they are still a team. However, it was short-lived. The number of news articles mentioning both Azmin and PKR increased again on the 30th after Azmin did not attend his party’s meeting on the day before.
It is not a bad thing for a politician to be frequently mentioned with his/her party by the media. But for Azmin’s case, it was mostly about PKR’s internal conflict.