While New Malaysia burns, PKR squabbles - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, December 09, 2019
Malaysiakini : "Ah, lips that say one thing, while the heart thinks another." - Alexandre Dumas, "The Count of Monte Cristo"
| Well, the peace treaty between Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali did not
last long. When I wrote that Anwar should expel Azmin, a few politicians
from Harapan texted me. They told me that this was politics and that
Anwar was using tactics and strategy when dealing with his frenemy.
Well, how is that working out for Harapan and PKR?
Wherever he is,
the old maverick is smirking. Azmin and gang are doing a better job of
clouding the succession issue and destabilising Harapan then anything
the warlords of Bersatu and the flotsam and jetsam of the fetid swamp of
mainstream Malaysian politics have done or will do.
communications director Fahmi Fadzil, when dismissing claims that there
are two camps in PKR, said, "That is something portrayed by the media. I
understand that there could be a perception of such, but the reality
is, there are no camps. What we have now is Parti Keadilan Rakyat that
is strong and united" – which is Trumpian in its perversity. Anwar warned that anyone attending the parallel congress would be sacked.
He then agreed to a ridiculous four point agreement with his rival. I
get that some people think that this is some sort of great strategy on
I’m partial to what Lyndon B Johnson said of J
Edgar Hoover: “Well, it’s probably better to have him inside the tent
pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.” But even this has its
fiasco of brawls, provocations, walkouts, outright insubordination and a
dinner party demonstrates that Azmin pissing in the tent is just as
damaging as him causing problems from the outside. PKR needs a clean
break and it is far more damaging for the coalition the longer Anwar
fails to clean house.
While I am not a fan of Boris Johnson, at
least he had the cajones to sack Tory loyalists who did not support his
hardline stance on Brexit. I suppose Anwar does not have this luxury
because this is not about issues, but rather about ambition. If the PKR
grassroots are with Azmin Ali , so what? What is important is the
Harapan base is with Anwar. This split in PKR is ridiculous
because there is no ideological foundation to the camps. I am extremely
disappointed to see some of the names in Azmin’s camp because these
folks were supposed to have some principles that separated them from the
rest of the pack.
If Azmin’s supporters were to come out and
articulate the ideological difference between the two leaders, or
provide evidence of why Anwar Ibrahim is not fit to be PM or lead PKR,
that would be something.
Tian Chua, an Azmin loyalist, claims
that Anwar needs to save the party from “blind fanaticism”. As opposed
to eyes wide open fanaticism? Fine, claiming that Anwar has fanatical
support is not the reason for not supporting him.
makes Anwar unfit for such support? What are the policy decisions that
he has made or not made, the party direction, that makes Azmin a better
candidate for the “reformasi” movement that Tian Chua (below)
thinks is in danger? Anwar is criticised by everyone, including by those
in his own party and some of them, nay most of them, are not even
aligned with either camp.
Azmin's camp, for whatever reason, is cosying up with politicians who
have mala fide intentions towards Anwar's possible stewardship of this
country. What does this tell us about Azmin loyalists and their beleif
in the supposed principles and struggle of PKR?
talk about the struggle and sacrifice they made for the party when Anwar
was behind bars, which nobody is disputing. If they thought that Anwar
should not be prime minister and that someone else should be, why not
come out and say it and rely on their track records to convince the
Why all this shadow play and internal dissent? Why
engage in insubordination and propaganda, which makes Harapan weaker and
diminishes the struggle of those politicians and the base during the
long Umno watch?
Azmin said, “He is still my leader, my president.
That is why I have to consult and talk to him, which I did and I will
continue to do so, so there is no problem,” - which is nonsensical
because if Azmin really believed that Anwar was his leader, there would
not be any of this trouble in the first place. Has Azmin done anything
which demonstrates that he believes that Anwar is his leader?
staging a walkout because of bruised feelings and then not turning up
for the final day of the congress does nothing but further the narrative
that PKR is a lame-duck party. Is this what a politician, who touts his
“service” to the party, wants in a time when Anwar, PKR and the DAP are
under constant attack by elements from their own coalition and the
agents of a fascist state?
What I find despicable about this whole
fiasco, is that, clearly, PKR and the DAP are a threat to the system by
virtue of being multi-racial parties. Politicians in Harapan who are
siding with the agents of a fascist state and other political parties
are weakening the foundation of what could be a new Malaysia.
the pro-Anwar narrative is about “treachery” and all the pro-Azmin camp
can come up with, is that the ceasefire was broken by the Anwar camp.
What exactly is the pro-Azmin camp about? Anwar wants to
negotiate with Azmin’s camp, which is fair enough, but it seems to me
that negotiating away power makes PKR weaker and informs your political
rivals that the president of the party is weak.
It is funny that
Anwar Ibrahim quotes JFK, an American president assassinated by a cartel
which included acolytes who, at one time, believed in him.