Welcome to the new PKR home
Posted May 2, 2008on:
|May 2, 08 2:25pm|
|Opposition PKR will be moving its headquarters from Brickfields to the upmarket Tropicana area in Petaling Jaya next week – barely two months after scoring its biggest electoral victory in the March 8 polls.
The move will be part of its post-election strategy to strengthen the party’s base and work force, as well as to “centralise” the operation of the parent body, Youth and Wanita wings.
The new headquarters will be two spanking new five-storey shop-office buildings located at Merchant Square, which is near the Damansara toll plaza and visible along the highway.
According to PKR treasurer William Leong, the two buildings will cost the party RM5 million.
“We haven’t bought it yet, we will move in and rent it for the moment while we are raising the fund. The eventual plan is to buy the buildings,” he told Malaysiakini earlier this week.
While the party workers are expected to start moving into the new office in stages from next week, the date of the official launch of the new headquarters is yet to be set.
PKR emerged to be the biggest opposition party in the March 8 polls, winning 31 parliamentary seats from only a single seat it controlled after the 2004 poll.
Its allies DAP and PAS won 28 and 23 parliamentary seats respectively.
To house Anwar’s office
The plan to move the PKR headquarters was first disclosed by party vice-president Azmin Ali during an interview with Malaysiakini last week.
According to him, the new headquarters – which is undergoing its final stage of renovation – will also serve as its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s new office.
Anwar’s office, a bungalow resided by party leader and Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim previously, is currently located at Section 16 in Petaling Jaya.
“After all we are going to be there only for three months, then we will move to Putrajaya, so not to worry,” quipped Azmin when pressed for more details on the new headquarters.
He was obviously referring to the Pakatan Rakyat’s ambitious plan to take over the federal government after claiming it has enough number of defectors from among the Barisan Nasional.
On the plan to buy the buildings, Azmin said the fund will be raised from the public and party members as he denied it was solicited from any particular individuals.
PKR moved into its current headquarters in Brickfields from Shah Alam about three years ago.
PKR’s ally, PAS has also moved its headquarters from Gombak to the heart of Kuala Lumpur last May in an attempt to put a face of modernity to the Islamic party’s image.