When it comes to PKR possibly bleeding more MPs, I have no sympathy for
Pakatan Harapan. In fact, when it comes to how Anwar Ibrahim of late
has persecuted this conflict with the PN regime, it seems like some sort
of crude karma, that PKR is haemorrhaging MPs.
When the PKR
president was going on with his ludicrous counter-coups, which never
materialised, and when the old maverick was accepting MPs from Umno back
when Harapan was squirming uncomfortably in the hot seat, nobody was
taking the issue seriously, believing the good times were here to stay.
Who knows what kind of "inducements" were offered for the leaps of
Kuala Langat MP Dr Xavier Jayakumar's decision to throw in with the PN
regime is disappointing, and if what secretary-general Saifuddin
Nasution Ismail says is true about Xavier being "targeted", his departure makes his association with this backdoor government more sinister.
lawmaker Sivarasa Rasiah's echoing of the sentiment that this was
targeted harassment by the state does not answer the question, which is
if Xavier is innocent of all accusations, why not stay and fight instead
of jumping ship? After all, many Harapan politicians have had pressure
applied to them and they have stood their ground.
Or why not just
retire from politics and let the legal processes against his
“acquaintances” play out, instead of enmeshing with a cabal that is
capable of either political blackmail or bribery to ensure their
survival? This way forces the state to play its hand and Xavier could go
down the martyr route.
Indeed Xavier is not an ordinary “frog”.
He was a former minister who knew the internal workings of the then
Harapan government and a reliable hand in PKR. His decision to "support"
the PN regime has consequences that could further destabilise the
supreme council member Zuraida Kamaruddin said something extremely
sinister when she stated that Xavier had got "clarity" and perhaps more
MPs would join him. Does Xavier really think that these people are
interested in handling the pandemic?
As it is, the average Joe
has been penalised for breaching SOPs while the elites from PN have got
away scot-free. Does Xavier think that by joining this bunch that he is
helping the rakyat of Malaysia?
When you are a frog, you will
always be a frog and nobody shows much sympathy for people who would
abandon their comrades. The fact that Azmin Ali gleefully alludes to
more frogs jumping and Annuar Musa, the kind of Umno potentate that made
life difficult for Xavier and his comrades gets to speculate on more of
his “friends” jumping, should tell us something about the people Xavier
thinks are good for this country.
Will Xavier avail himself to
the new fake news directive but attempting to make the claim that any
speculation of his jump was because of extortion or blackmail through
acquaintances' fake news? Is this the kind of bipartisan support the PN
So far whenever these frogs have jumped they have
said they were doing it to support the government or that PN was doing a
good job and what was needed was bipartisanship. Indeed, in his press
release, Xavier highlighted bipartisanship as one of his reasons for
This is complete horse manure. You do not need to be
an independent to support the government if you think it is doing a
good job. You do not need to derail your own political coalition to
support bipartisan efforts.
Indeed, becoming an independent
actually makes your job of representing your constituents more
difficult, unless of course, you are relying on the largesse of the
government to aid your constituents, which only goes so far.
said that events of the past year have been frustrating and this was
the reason why he was throwing in with the current government.
of course makes no sense whatsoever because, for the past year, Xavier
has taken unpopular political positions by highlighting the plight of
migrant workers, undocumented workers, governmental malfeasance, freedom
of the press, the shenanigans of the state security apparatus and a
host of other issues which have demonstrated the mendacity of the PN
government towards disenfranchised groups or the rakyat.
Indeed, the state security apparatus called in Xavier just last May about his supposed seditious remarks about parliamentary sitting.
where exactly is the frustration coming from? If the internal politics
of PKR was proving to be a stumbling block, or even if it was impeding
the reform agenda, this is still not a reason to throw in with the PN
Again, it would have been better if he just stepped
back instead of causing trouble for his whole coalition. Unless of
course, Xavier is claiming that PN, which he has raged against as
recently as last month, is a better alternative to Harapan.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua said it would be unfair to accuse
Xavier of being a traitor, but it is extremely difficult to make the
case that Xavier’s motives are altruistic when he himself has made the
case that this government cannot be trusted.
When he then makes
the case that this government needs the support of MPs, he does so by
destabilising his own coalition instead of extending bipartisan support
on issues where he thinks the government is right, while still
supporting the alliance he helped form.
Who knows who else in
Harapan will get "clarity". And when it comes right down to it, does it
matter if a frog jumps because he or she is bribed or blackmailed?
was an example of an MP who numerous times bucked the Harapan group and
stuck his political neck out for issues he deemed important. He was an
important voice in a discourse bogged down with partisanship and
The irony is that by jumping ship, Xavier
has given weight to the accusations made against his associates and him.
I guess that, for the current government, this is not an issue.