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Pakatan’s fate for PKR to decide

Azmin Pakatan Crash

Nikita Nawawi
Written by Nikita Nawawi

KUALA LUMPUR – June 17, 2015: The fate of Pakatan coalition now rests on the next move by PKR, which now has to decide a new arrangement between itself and the feuding DAP and Pas.

Speculations on the matter, which went a notch higher since DAP’s unilateral announcement yesterday that the coalition was “dead”, mostly pointed out that PKR now has to choose between its two allies to continue it’s struggle against the ruling Barisan Nasional.

PKR had a lengthy  political bureau meeting last night to decide the party’s next course of action but its decision is yet to be made public.

However, some of the party’s personalities were reported as saying that PKR is likely to choose DAP over Pas in particular with the Pakatan’s rule in Selangor.

It was also claimed that the PKR leadership is now divided into two factions; one led by Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali while another led by secretary-general Rafizi Ramli which prefer partnership with DAP.

Pro-Pas blog Ameno World speculated that Azmin chose to be on Pas’ side due to the support given by the party to him during the state’s leadership crisis last year.

Pas was the only Pakatan’s component party that submitted Azmin’s name to Sultan of Selangor as a candidate for the Menteri Besar post, to replace the ousted Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Pas’ decision to support Azmin did not sit well with PKR and even more DAP as they claimed that it broke the initial agreement to name PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the sole nominee for the post.

“In PKR, especially in Selangor, Azmin is more influential than Wan Azizah, Rafizi and even its de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim himself.

“That is why I suspect Rafizi had postponed the press conference after the party meeting last night. He wanted to persuade Azmin to choose DAP instead of Pas,” the blogger wrote.

Another pro-Pas blogger Mohd Sayuti Omar of Merah Tinta MSO felt that before PKR decides on its next move, Azmin must realise that cooperation between PKR and Pas is still intact regardless the spat between DAP and Pas.

“To annul the coalition altogether is not DAP’s exclusive right, it is subjected to other component parties as well.

“Just because DAP has 15 seats in the Selangor state assembly, it does not mean that the party may put such pressure on Azmin,” he wrote in his blog posting yesterday.

Another pro-Pakatan blogger who only identified himself as Mohd Hashim wrote in his blog Ibnu Hasyim that PKR would likely declare Pakatan’s dissolution and continue its ties with DAP.

“The empty spot left would be filled with a new party that would be formed soon in preparation for the next general election.

“The new coalition would renew Pakatan’s old mission and goals prior to the election,” he predicted.

Hashim’s anticipation of PKR favouring DAP over Pas was apparently driven by a reported nationwide tour by 18 members of the Pas progressive faction who were ousted in the recent party election.

The tour started in Muar, Johor last night.

Among those who attended the gathering were former deputy president Mohamad Sabu, former vice-president Salahudin Ayub, former information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar, former treasurer Asmuni Awi and former election director Dr Hatta Ramli.

Hashim believed that the faction is gathering followers to support their ‘next course of action’.

“Former Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat and (former Perak Menteri Besar) Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin talked about formation of a new party while Mohamad Sabu stressed that the struggle has just begun (with a new platform).

“These are the signs that they are planning on forming a new political party that is more liberal,” said Hashim.

Meanwhile, pro-Barisan Nasional anonymous blogger  Parpukari  suggested that Azmin “bite the bullet” and start cooperation with Umno and BN.

“DAP has made clear that PKR have to change the Selangor government and sack all of the Pas executive council members. DAP wants to run the state with PKR without the interference from Pas, but is DAP alone enough for PKR?

“DAP is a sinking ship, it is better for you (Azmin) to work with Pas and Umno. At least you would still remain the menteri besar.

“God has given you the opportunity to teach the DAP a lesson. Do make a stand, Azmin. Show them who is the boss. Come on and let’s do it Azmin!” wrote Parpukari.

Journalist Datuk Ahirudin Attan of Rocky’s Bru has described the break-up between DAP and Pas as “a death by Pakatan’s own hand, a shot to the head and right between the eyes”.

“For those who have been following Malaysian politics, Pakatan’s demise did not come as a surprise. Opposition coalitions have come and gone, unholy marriages of convenience, fooling the voting public again and again.

“Every time, the same faces (plus wrinkles, minus hair) would promise the sky to you and I, having convinced themselves that they – the Opposition parties – have finally and at last come to their senses and would put the rakyat before their narrow, selfish interests,” he wrote on his blog.

While no PKR leaders have so far come forward to shed light on the party’s decision about Pakatan’s future, its vice-president Xavier Jayakumar as reported by The Mole described DAP’s unilateral decision to announce the end of the coalition as “an unfair one”.

“DAP cannot simply sever the coalition like that. Pakatan was formed for the people and they expect us to come through.

“Such a decision can only be made by the Pakatan council after getting an agreement from all three component parties. Pakatan still exists,” he said.

Newly-elected Pas Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz posted on his Facebook page yesterday that Pas is unmoved from its position in the coalition until the Syura Council says so.

“Regarding DAP’s ‘annulment’ of Pakatan, Pas’ stance is clear and without hidden agenda. If they (DAP) choose to make such unilateral decision on their own, do not force others to do the same.

“The Syura Council will decide Pas’ tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) with DAP,” he wrote.

Pakatan’s internal turmoil had also caught the attention of  Umno lawmaker Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who was reported as saying that Pakatan’s  ‘death’ is “not really news”.

“Over time they have managed to get people’s hopes up that they are an alternative to BN, but they still cannot resolve the two extreme parties in their organisation which are DAP and Pas.

“The disintegration of the pact demonstrated that the parties remain unable to overcome their differences on the touchy subjects,” he said .

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Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi is an up-and-coming writer who started his involvement in the media industry serving established local English daily, before joining The Mole in October 2014 as journalist.