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Analysts believe PKR will survive Anwar-Azmin fight

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali during happier times.

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – December 11, 2019: Analysts who talked to The Mole believed that the ongoing intense PKR infighting will not break up the party.

Associate professor Dr Azmi Hassan of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia said both factions involved in the squabble do realised that they equally needs each other for their political survival.

He said party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali knows that it is the best for him to work within PKR to fulfill his political ambition.

“As for his boss and rival in the dispute, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wouldn’t want Azmin out since he commands a formidable clout and can cause an exodus which will ultimately weaken the whole party,” said Azmi.

“PKR is similar to DAP as the pillar of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) strength and a weak PKR will no doubt weaken PH as a political consortium and also as the government.

“It paints a bad picture for the government when PKR as the backbone for PH government suffers from internal bickering and things are made worse since it was about who will be the next Prime Minister,” he added.

Azmi’s opinion was echoed by senior political analyst Dr Chandra Muzaffar who told The Mole that a breakup of PKR is unlikely, and that both factions would from now want to avoid the bickering from escalating.

“Both sides are attached to power and therefore they will try to remain in power. I don’t think neither faction would leave the party.

“For Anwar, Azmin and his gang leaving would definitely weaken the party and would indirectly affect his chance to become the next prime minister of Malaysia,” said Chandra, who was also a deputy president of Keadilan, which was what PKR was known since its formation in 1999 to 2003.

The infighting within PKR intensifies when violence broke out at the party’s congress in Melaka last week, culminated with a walk-out by delegates who were Azmin’s supporters.

Party vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin, who is a leading member of the Azmin’s camp in a fiery speech at a gathering on Sunday lambasted Anwar and his supporters such as communications director Fahmi Fadzil and PKR Perak chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak.

Despite the analysts’ prediction that PKR will survive the crisis, Otai Reformis ‘98 chairman Dr Idris Ahmad told The Mole that it would be better for Azmin and his supporters to leave the party.

“Even during the congress, only about 10 per cent of the delegates walked out and therefore it would be better if Azmin could just leave the party,” said Idris who is also the Ijok assemblyman.

Additional reporting by Shaira Idris.

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