KUALA LUMPUR – May 29, 2017: Prominent pro-Pribumi Bersatu bloggers are of differing views over the party’s ongoing crisis in Perak.
While some consider this a serious issue that and needs to be resolved immediately, others insist that it is not as bad as it looks.
Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal of Rausyanfikir.com thinks that the crisis is serious because those opposing the party leadership are led by seasoned Perak politician Datuk Hamidah Othman, who is one of the party’s vice-presidents.
The rebels have been pressuring party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to resign due to alleged cronyism.
“Hamidah knows the ground well,” said Fayhsal, adding that being so could be the reason why she is opposing Perak Pribumi Bersatu chief Ahmad Faizal Azumu, who many deemed to be a Muhyiddin man.
The crisis has also annoyed Pribumi Bersatu Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman to the point of him describing Hamidah as a hypocrite.
Angered by Syed Saddiq’s remark, Hamidah supporters retaliated by telling him that the issue is something that does not concern him.
Commenting on the war of words, Fayhsal said washing dirty linen in public is a big political no-no.
“I think Syed Saddiq’s statement against Hamidah was more of a knee-jerk reaction. Nevertheless, he should be more careful not to drag the whole party into an unnecessary limelight,” he said.
Another pro-Pribumi Bersatu blogger Syed Akbar Ali of Outsyed The Box however disagrees with Fayhsal’s views, saying that it’s good that members are allowed to publicly express their disagreement.
“It shows that there’s democracy in the party. At least we’re not sweeping things under the rug,” said Syed Akbar.
He also insisted that Pribumi Bersatu is strong at the national level and would survive the crisis even after the resignation of some 1,000 members in Perak during the weekend.
On the allegation of cronyism, Syed Akbar retorted that if there’s cronyism, why is it he has yet to be given any contract. “We should talk about cronyism only after we win Putrajaya (from Barisan Nasional).”
Party supporters have also been at odds with each other, with many defending Syed Saddiq at Facebook.
“The young should be leading this nation, not some washed up old politicians. It has been proven time and time again that old leaders bring nothing but war and poverty,” wrote Lewyn Nishel.
“It’s better to have a young guy to help rebuild the country than allowing it to be done by seasoned liars and plunderers,” wrote Kasbi Yusuf.
“Syed Saddiq is right. Hamidah and her people left Umno because they could not get what they want and now they’re sabotaging Pribumi Bersatu because they also could not get what they want,” Ashok Khandar wrote.
However, those who defended Hamidah were calling for the party’s top leadership to sack Syed Saddiq for making things worse for Pribumi Bersatu.
“I think it’s best for Pribumi Bersatu to sack Syed Saddiq. His audacity further aggravates this issue. Election is coming soon but here he is admitting to Malaysians that Pribumi Bersatu is rife with internal conflicts,” wrote Zaidee Rouslanluddin.
“Ignore this young upstart Datuk Hamidah! Do not waste your time answering him. Remember, empty vessel makes the loudest noise” wrote Laksamana Temasek.