KUALA LUMPUR – February 16, 2015: A PKR member whose party membership is suspended thinks that over-confidence has caused the party to be ill prepared over its succession plan.
The contention by Badrul Hisham Shaharin, popularly known as Chegubard, is that PKR probably thought that jailed leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would win his appeal at the Federal Court and thus never prepared itself for a worst-case scenario.
But he appeared to contradict himself by saying that some party members had gone to Indonesia when Anwar was there earlier in February, days before the apex court ruled on his appeal, to lobby on the possible candidates to contest in a by-election in Permatang Pauh, the seat held by Anwar.
The Federal Court last week upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal and five-year jail sentence on Anwar for sodomising his former aide Mohd. Saiful, sending Anwar to spend time at the Sungai Buloh prison.
Chegubard is also critical of the way the brances have dealt with the Anwar issue, claiming that their unpreparedness meant that they could not explain the situation properly to members.
Chegubard, whose membership was suspended indefinitely in May last year, also doubted if Selangor Mentri Besar and a PKR deputy president Azmin Ali is sincere in wanting to get Anwar out of jail.
“Azmin said that he wanted to break the prison walls but what has he done after a week?”