Most PKR leaders not enthusiastic about Anwar’s anti-Mahathir insistence

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – May 25, 2016: PKR personalities were mostly tight lipped over the insistence of their de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that they should stop supporting the ‘Citizens’ Declaration’ (CD) movement, initiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Those contacted by The Mole gave non-committal response while others refused to even acknowledge phone calls and texted queries on the matter.

“That is what he said, okay…so what’s there for me to comment,” said PKR vice-president Tian Chua when asked whether he shared similar views with Anwar on the need to not support Dr Mahathir.

In the case of PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya, her response was rather baffling.

She sounded agreeable to comment at first, but quickly refuse to continue the interview after knowing she was being interviewed by The Mole.

“Sorry. I do not give comments to The Mole,” she said before ending the phone interview without explaining her reasons.

Anwar had on Monday, warned PKR leaders to be wary of Dr Mahathir’s ‘agenda’.

Interestingly, he had already conveyed similar message in his controversial 8-pages leaked cautionary letter that he penned from Sungai Buloh prison last week.

The only difference was that, this time around, he literally said, “Do not follow his (Dr Mahathir) agenda.”

Among those who did not respond to The Mole on the matter were PKR vice-presidents Xavier Jayakumar, Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin, party wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, Selangor PKR deputy wanita chief Dr Daroyah Alwi, Selangor PKR deputy chairman Yaakob Sapari, PKR youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and his deputy Dr Afif Bahardin.

PKR assemblymen for Kapar, G.Manivannan was the only one who gave a definite view regarding the matter.

“I was against the CD since day one,” he said, “I am not keen in replacing just the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak).”

“It (CD) has to have the agenda to replace the PM, Umno and Barisan Nasional.

“As it is, it would seems like Dr Mahathir wants to oust Najib and keep the status quo.

“This cannot stand. You have to remove BN and Umno and use new blood to save the country,” he insisted.

Manivannan, however, did not think that PKR leaders who were supporting the CD movement were being misled by Dr Mahathir.

“I cannot speak on their behalf, but I know that, unlike Dr Mahathir, they are using the movement to spread the opposition’s reform agenda.

“Dr Mahathir has to understand that the CD belongs to neither him nor the opposition…it belongs to the rakyat (people),” Manivannan added.

Despite the reluctance of most PKR leaders to comment on the matter, their supporters, on the other hand, cannot seem to stop talking about it.

Facebook, especially, was choke-full of intriguing discussions over the matter with many expressing their displeasure over what they deemed as Anwar’s attempt to remain relevant.

“Since when the people are fighting for Mahathir, he can no longer be the PM. But what I see is that you (Anwar) is using the people for your own interest,” wrote Ag Saml.

“You know that with the CD you will no longer remain relevant because the people now has another platform to show the people’s power,” he added.

“CD is never about Dr M (Mahathir) and definitely not about Mr AI (Anwar). It’s about getting rid of Jibby & Co (Najib),” wrote One Lee Sum, “We, the citizens are very clear on this one.”

“Anwar’s expiry date is already over. Now PKR should be fighting for the 30 million Malaysians and not Anwar,” wrote Daeng Kemasi.

It was Anwar who introduced money politics when he first joined Umno. He bought all the division chiefs in order to topple Tun M (Mahathir) and he failed,” he added.



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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.