Nurul Izzah is right, Harapan is 'badly wounded' now By Francis Paul Siah
Monday, May 09, 2022
Malaysiakini : No, no need to apologise,
Nurul Izzah, not when you are telling the truth, difficult it might be
for others to accept the reality. It was probably her attempt to wake up
her Harapan colleagues from their slumber too.
Nurul Izzah is
trying to send this message: Hello, Harapan is “badly wounded” now. The
sooner we all realise this and nurse ourselves to better health, the
better for all.
So, what is the “strong justification” I had mentioned?
May 7, PKR Students Wing deputy chairperson Dharshinee Suresh Kumar
urged Muda central executive committee member Dian Lee to clarify Clear Water Development Sdn Bhd's role in Blumont Group Ltd, which was among the firms in Singapore's penny stock controversy.
"The rakyat needs answers," Dharshinee said on Twitter.
do we see here? Parties that are supposed to be friendly to each other,
PKR and Muda in this case, firing salvos at each other. PKR was clearly
in the wrong to have fired the first shot, which was unnecessary and
is this Dharshinee? Was she asked by those higher up in PKR to take it
out on Muda’s Lee? Are not PKR and Muda friendly parties, even if they
were not confirmed allies going into GE15?
We would have thought
that it would be those “political opponents” in PN or BN questioning Lee
of Muda, if there was any political point to gain by doing so.
no, instead we hear from an unknown student member of PKR, issuing what
is possibly her maiden press statement and surely without realising the
This is not a salvo I would expect to
come from a friendly party. Who is actually in charge of the PKR
Student’s Wing? Who is the chairperson as Dharshinee is only the deputy
chairperson? Can anyone in the wing issue public statements
unilaterally? Is this the practice in PKR as a whole, today?
Of course, Lee, the daughter of tycoon Lee Kim Yew, who was not charged with any crime, was quick to respond to the PKR salvo.
Rightly, she hits back
at the “baseless and defamatory” accusations over her involvement in
Singapore's penny stock controversy, declaring that she and her husband
Jared Lim were never implicated.
One big mess
and Muda are struggling. Parties in such precarious situations should
attempt to lean on one another for support as much as possible instead
of taking potshots at each other.
So, will some
still-wet-behind-the-ears people in PKR be issuing statements against
those in DAP and Amanah next? Will they be blasting their Harapan allies
over some sticky issues which may emerge in time to come, with no
consideration for repercussions?
PKR looks like a party in one big
mess today, leaderless and rudderless. Anwar Ibrahim is the party
president but is he totally in charge? Or has the boss run out of ideas
PKR is now in election mode too. The most interesting
battle is the fight for the deputy president’s post between Saifuddin
Nasution Ismail and Rafizi Ramli.
Last Saturday, Saifuddin unveiled his team of candidates for the party polls, some of whom comprised leaders who were previously aligned with former deputy president Azmin Ali.
two camps have now emerged. Surely, PKR cannot afford another major
internal tussle - but it appears the party is walking down that dreaded
path, yet again.
For the moment, PKR members and Harapan
supporters must be hoping that the PKR election this time will not be as
bruising as the Azmin-Rafizi contest in 2018.
I have a feeling
that both Saifuddin and Rafizi will allow good sense to prevail in the
end. Both are needed to lead PKR after Anwar and they know it. The
concern is: will ego and pride stand in the way?
PKR’s morale was
recently lifted somewhat when Rafizi and Nurul Izzah both announced that
they would return to play their rightful role in the party.
as the “future” of PKR and Harapan, Nurul and Rafizi must rise above
petty PKR politics and take their rightful place as national leaders of
Together with Saifuddin and his PKR team and their
colleagues in DAP and Amanah, Nurul and Rafizi must be the unifying
force behind Harapan. Harapan must stay together and be seen as a
singular force going into the next general election.
Nurul Izzah could be right. Harapan may have to lose two general elections before it could attain power.
will stick with Nurul Izzah’s projection but hoping for a bonus,
nonetheless. Anything less than two elections or a period of 10 years is