Many believe Rafizi-Azmin friction may lead to second “Kajang Move”

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – May 31, 2016: It would seem that some PKR supporters were rather convinced that another party coup d’état is in the works.

And the person who they deemed to be leading the coup is none other than PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli.

Rafizi, has, for the past few weeks, been firing salvos at the PKR-led Selangor government.

He had consistently claimed that corruptions, involving money and women, had been transpiring in the state government’s dealings for quite some time.

Rafizi, however, did not name anyone and insisted that he bore no ill will towards any particular leader in the party, especially towards party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

This had prompted a lot of people, especially PKR supporters, to start talking and the talk of the town was that Rafizi was trying to unseat Azmin from his Menteri Besar post.

“I guess the plan to oust Azmin has already started and as usual Rafizi is the mastermind…so what langkah (move) will they call it this time?” was the sarcastic comment by Facebooker Keown Kerol.

Such sentiment appeared to gain traction, especially after Rafizi lodged a report at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday regarding the alleged corruption within the state government.

Some even went as far pointing out that he was trying to pull another “Langkah Kajang” (Kajang Move) which had led to the ousting of former Selangor MB Tan Seri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in 2014.

“Rafizi is replicating the Kajang Move to oust Azmin…let’s grab a popcorn and enjoy the show,” wrote Reno Firdaus.

Obviously, there were many PKR supporters who were peeved over Rafizi’s actions as they felt he should have lodged the report to the party’s disciplinary board first instead of going straight to the MACC.

“What happens if there is no case to be probed? Is he willing to resign?” queried Benjamin Chong adding that such power struggle will definitely tarnish Rafizi’s and PKR’s reputation.

“They (the opposition) want to bring down Najib (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) but now PKR is on the verge of splitting, DAP lost big time in Sarawak and Pas is being portrayed as a religious extremist group…It’s not really that difficult to predict who will eventually be the winner in this contest,” wrote Ng Cheong Keat.

“This is what happened when hatred and jealousy can no longer be tolerated,” chided Bronze Onfire, “Way to go, now we have a PKR ‘Team A vs Team B’.”

So far no one really knows for sure the actual cause of the friction but according to sources within PKR, the attack against Azmin was primarily due to his “friendliness” with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Apparently, supporting Dr Mahathir’s agenda, regardless of whatever it may be, is a big no-no in PKR.

“Some don’t get it,” said a PKR leader, who did not want to be named, “There is no way he (Dr Mahathir) will support PKR’s reform agenda, and the sooner everyone realises it, the better.”

However, contrary to the talk of many, the leader said Rafizi was not gunning for Azmin’s post, adding that “he genuinely wanted to change such malpractices so that he can live with a clear conscience”.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.