Thursday, January 7, 2010
Rohana a good bet to take PRM reins (Star)
JOHOR BARU: Sociologist and women’s rights advocate Dr Rohana Arffin (pic) is tipped to be the next president of Parti Rakyat Malaysia.
The retired associate professor of Universiti Sains Malaysia said she would abide by the decision of the party’s central committee which was expected to meet soon to endorse her candidacy.
Dr Rohana, who is currently the vice-president, was one of the pioneers of the Women Crisis Centre in Penang in 1985.
“The central committee members will decide on who best to lead the party. We will discuss on the individuals who will be nominated for the top two posts,” she told The Star here yesterday.
She added that the central committee would also discuss a working relationship with other parties and non-governmental organisations.
Dr Rohana said the party’s election would be held this year and the nomination for the top post should be made in the interest of the party and not for personal glory.
“I have always declined such nomination in the past as it is a heavy task and I prefer to focus on my party commitments and other social causes.
“However, I will see the result of the upcoming central committee meeting before deciding on my next course,” she said.
Dr Rohana, who is a 30-year party veteran, said for now, her focus was towards strengthening the party by increasing its current membership and regain the confidence of party members.
She said that the party would not be joining any coalition as it preferred to remain neutral.
The party is undergoing a reshuffle in the wake of the resignation of president Hassan Abdul Karim on Nov 17.
He resigned after 80% of the 100 party delegates who attended the party’s congress in Kuala Kumpur rejected his proposal for the party to join Pakatan Rakyat.