Politics

Fighting for a position they haven’t won

Pribumi Bersatu crack

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – Aug 9, 2017: The tension and schisms still bubbling within Perak’s Pribumi Bersatu have led to a prominent member of its Srikandi wing appealing for a stop to the infighting.

Hamizura Osman, touted as the person to fill the vacant Srikandi chief post, said the state’s Pribumi Bersatu cannot afford the rift as it affects campaigning for the next general election.

Pribumi Bersatu in Perak has been mired in a leadership tangle following the feud between supporters of party vice-president Datuk Hamidah Osman and Perak chairman Faizal Azumu which caused the exit of more than 1,000 members.

“There are still many villages that have yet to be penetrated and they’re already lobbying over who will be the next Perak mentri besar. Why can’t they win first and then decide who gets the post?” asked Hamizura.

Hamizura, who is the younger sister of Hamidah, was herself late last year accused by some in the party as being responsible for orchestrating the ouster of former national Srikandi chief Anina Saadudin.

She reckons that the fight for the post of MB would be between Faizal and Bukit Gantang division chief Datuk Shaharuddin Abdul Rashid.

“Those supporting Shaharuddin are called the G8 whereas those rooting for Faizal are called G2,” said Hamizura, adding that the numbers reflect the amount of party divisions supporting the duo.

On a poser over her older sister’s involvement in the squabble, Hamizura said Hamidah has no interest.

“While the two are fighting for the position, Hamidah is busy campaigning on the ground. I hope they will realise that winning support is more important than securing the MB seat,” she lamented.

When contacted, Hamidah denied knowing about the squabble.

“I don’t know who has been mooted to be the next Perak MB and I don’t care. I just do what I need to do for the party and that’s all,” she said, adding that she is also not interested to contest in the next general election.

The current crisis is also being hotly discussed in social media with many echoing Hamizura’s call for Shaharuddin and Faizal to stop being selfish.

“These power hungry idiots are crazy. They want power and position so that they can pocket more money. They have not contributed anything to Perak. We should just ignore them,” wrote Arif Kamel on Facebook.

“I don’t think Pribumi can win Perak if the party name these power-crazed leaders as an MB candidate,” wrote Azrin Azman.

“Let them be. Perak voters will only vote for familiar faces who have proven their worth. A mere smear tactics against Najib (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) isn’t going to work,” wrote Syed Ali Hasan Syed Darus.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.