Malaysia

Zaid: Kita not in Pakatan fold

Zaid was today made president after joining the party earlier this month. — Picture by Choo Choy MayZaid was today made president after joining the party earlier this month. — Picture by Choo Choy MayPETALING JAYA, Dec 15 — Datuk Zaid Ibrahim today said his new party Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (Kita) will not be part of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“We are an independent party. We have our own ideology and our own policy.

“We will not join Pakatan Rakyat. But if there are certain matters we feel are important, we will support [them],” he told reporters after the party formerly known as Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) held its annual general meeting here today.

He added that Kita would open its doors to all races as it was committed to justice for all.

Zaid was today chosen to head the renamed party after Akim president Zakaria Salleh decided against defending the post.

Zaid had joined the marginal Kelantan party earlier this month after quitting PKR amid an internal election scandal.

He had been running for the deputy presidency against Azmin Ali and Mustaffa Kamil Ayub.

The former Cabinet minister had joined PKR in June last year after he was sacked from Umno in 2008.

“If we want to be an advanced political party, we must be multiracial.

“I am confident Kita can become a multiracial party in this country,” he told the news conference.

In his closing speech earlier made before some 200 primarily Malay Akim delegates, Zaid insisted party was both democratic and open.

“Kita accepts all races. We also accept anyone who wants changes in the nation’s politics.

“That’s why we are open to everyone. We want those who are capable of contributing to society.

“We don’t want those who are only good at boot-licking,” he said.

He moved to assure the party delegates present to not worry about the criticism and allegations that will be levelled against them.

“People will ask, ‘Who’s going to join Akim?’

“What’s important is the people with us believe in the fight, they are sincere,” Zaid said.

He reminded delegates that they will be able to make an impact on national politics despite being a tiny party because their goals were for the long haul, “for our children, for our grandchildren”.

Further details on the new party Kita, including its constitution, manifesto, and logo will be unveiled in Kuala Lumpur on January 19, 2011.

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