Pakatan Rakyat – what next

Pakatan Rakyat won a renewal of public confidence and trust with the successful holding of the Pakatan Rakyat national convention in Shah Alam on Dec. 19 last year and the demonstration of greater responsibility and maturity as compared to Umno and Barisan Nasional in the response to the “Allah” controversy which had further marred the image and reputation of Malaysia, both locally and internationally, since the new year.

But in a matter of days, these hard-won gains for the Pakatan Rakyat were largely undone not by the acts of our political adversaries but by the deeds of Pakatan Rakyat standard-bearers.

As a result, there is now a new round of public questioning as to whether Pakatan Rakyat can be trusted with the great responsibility of federal power in the next general elections.

This internal haemorrhaging, at a time when the Umno-led Barisan Nasional is intensifying its political offensive with a new round of abuses of the national institutions and instruments, must end.

This will be the challenge of the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council when it meets tomorrow.

Since the last quarter of the year, the subject of a Pakatan Rakyat disciplinary committee had been on the agenda of the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council.

The PR disciplinary committee, with two members from each party, must meet to restore public confidence in the discipline, commitment, cohesion and unity of Pakatan Rakyat.

  1. #1 by k1980 on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 3:19 pm

    Mirror mirror on the wall
    Who is the frog among the four?

    Prominent PKR elected reps in Penang have refuted a media report speculating that an MP from their party ranks in the state could be defecting.

    The party has four MPs in Penang: Anwar, Zahrain, Yusmadi and TanTee Beng.

  2. #2 by a-malaysian on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 3:52 pm

    There is no next, IT MUST BE NOW OR NEVER.

    Start cleaning and filtering all those members who want to run for office. It must be made clear to them that their first priority is to serve the rakyat. Challenging and fighting for position is OK provided that the losers must not throw tantrum and start to create problems.

    If they are in solely for position and greed for wealth then they must be rejected at all cost. One can understand they are also human and temptation can be high at times. It’s time for the party constitutions or rules and regulations to start highlighting what members must and must not do if they want to run for office. Keep reminding them as they go along.

    Undated resignation letters for those running for MPs and Aduns should they think of doing the frog jump or leave to be independent must be sign in a press conference and recorded so that later they cannot twist and turn that they are force or sign under duress.

    Do all the necessaries now, those that have to go, they have to go for the sake of everyone else. No one is indispensable.

  3. #3 by monsterball on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 3:53 pm

    I think Anwar needs to clean up keDAILan first.
    It seems there are few out to disrupt good work.
    Anwar cannot keep thinking like a cunning politicians…how to please everyone …as each have their positive strength to win elections.
    Getting Zaid Ibrahim frustrated…by one obvious racist that talk and believe exactly like an UMNO member…defying gag orders…Anwar should act fast.
    You can see PAS at so fast…sack a bugger trying to be funny with the party.
    DAP act fast too….except keDAILan….or put it bluntly…Anwar.
    I have the feelings..PR is riding very high…and the symbols will be supported by voters…exactly like12th GE results.
    If PR leaders are not tough to those that insults….like a keDAILan member insulting a DAP leader or a PAS member insulting keDAILan…or a DAP fella have negative opinions on Anwar…like all these nonsense…going on…and those guys are not sacked…make sure Malaysians know democracy and freedom of speeches are encouraged and allowed…..with immediate comments from all the chiefs.
    Anwar seems to keep quiet…while PAS and DAP leaders do speak up quickly.
    keDAILan is the driving force to win Muslim votes …and right now…Anwar is not too impressive with young Muslim voters.
    PR needs bot fool yong voters like Najib is doing..but Anwar needs to show he can be a no nonsense leader and not feel…his destiny to be PM…assured…no matter what happens.
    That’s a fool’s dream.

  4. #4 by dawsheng on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 4:20 pm

    Since the last quarter of the year, the subject of a Pakatan Rakyat disciplinary committee had been on the agenda of the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council. – LKS

    Disciplinary committee sounds like going back to school and Malaysians who votes for Pakatan Rakyat don’t have time for this kind of craps. Be it right or wrong, head must row if PR want to be seen as having the political will to ensure only those who genuinely serve the community is in the leadership role. But in this case it is obvious that BN is in the offensive, PR is being attack left right center, the general election is within a year. It is time for spring cleaning or else it’ll be too late.

  5. #5 by vsp on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 4:39 pm

    The biggest liability in Pakatan is Anwar Ibrahim.

    Anwar Ibrahim is …As a leader he does not dare to lead but only to let his mouth do the walking. He has made mistakes after mistakes. In his impatient attempt to take over Putrajaya he throws caution to the wind and decide to challenge the BN with questionable means.

    Being a seasoned politician he should understand that in order to win the race he should not have resorted to inducements to persuade MPs from a corrupt regime to jump like frogs. The BN is very powerful by dint of its stranglehold over the rein of power of the federal apparatus and the use of public funds. Once his September 16 plan failed his credibility was damaged.

    His choice of people around him was also troubling because many of these are proven to be trojans which brought untold grief to his party and the coalition. And the worst part of his failure is that while the house was on fire he was no where to be found. There were stark silence.

    And now with his coming trial, his support might be not be as forthcoming among his supporters. People are becoming disillusioned over the quality of his leadership.

    It might be well that in order to save the Pakatan coalition, Anwar should be locked up and the key be thrown away by Najib. Then only is it possible for a more credible leader to take over his place.

  6. #6 by frankyapp on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 4:45 pm

    I think PR and BN have both won two sets each ,like a five stars tennis competition aka a grand slam. It’s the best of five setters.The scenario is currently at play, PR is up a break and BN is down a break in the fifth and finally six games a set to decide who’s the winner.Up a break means that PR is leading 2 games to 1 for BN. Now my humble advice to PR is ” just maintain your serve ” and the championship is yours. Ideally it would be better ,no doubt,should PR could have another break of the BN’s serve .This would give PR an additional cushion to win the tournament.In tennis and in politic,the situation can change pretty fast and it’s up to the players not to mess up with their games.In Malaysia,the current political scenario is in favour of PR to replace the tinted BN.Therefore like I said above,as long as PR don’t mess up with its leadership,the 13th GE championship is no doubt for PR.

  7. #7 by yhsiew on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 5:54 pm

    Be aware of BN moles and BN agents.

    Unfortunately Anwar is too soft to these moles and agents. Zaid is a better leader.

  8. #8 by yhsiew on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 6:23 pm

    Zahrain touts MPs to help BN regain 2/3 majority

    It is understood that the Bayan Baru MP has offered some 10 lawmakers, including himself, to add to BN’s 137 for a two-thirds parliamentary majority.

    Why does Anwar still keep this guy in PKR? It is time that Anwar shows his leadership skill.

  9. #9 by lkt-56 on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 7:34 pm

    Pakatan Rakyat – what next?

    I wonder why Kit asks that question? I hope it is not out of doubt about PR’s ability to win middle Malaysia. The strategy is workable if you believe in it and stay focused no matter what comes in your way.

    I hear about this guy threatening to take away 10 MPs’. If it is so good riddance! So what if you suffer a minor setback now. The real prize is at Putra Jaya in the next GE.

    Go ahead and weed out those opportunists

  10. #10 by chengho on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 8:28 pm

    Anwar too weak to be a leader , he need his son like kit and leg , karpal and deo.

  11. #11 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 8:45 pm

    Pakatan Rakyat – what next? ///“I wonder why Kit asks that question?/// – lkt-56.
    Because he has doubts too on viability of Pakatan Rakyat.


    · Within PAS, Khalid Samad, a progressive PAS member who supported the High Court’s decision to allow the Herald to use the word “Allah”, gets suspended for six months whilst Hasan Ali, an individual well-known for attacking Selcat, Liow Siew Moi’s appointment to PKNS, and meeting with Umno gets a slap on the wrist by a warning.

    · Within PKR, Kulim MP Zulkifli Noordin who barged into Bar Council Article 11 Forum, supported ‘cow head’ posters, alcohol ban in Selangor, tried to effect constitutional change to further elevate Islam status, challenged Sivarasa, lodged police report Khalid Samad on “Allah” issue was also treated so far with “Kids Glove”. PKR Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Mohd Hashim attacks Lim Guan Eng’s leadership of Penang calling LGE a “dictator, a chauvinist and communist-minded” and has reportedly offered some 10 lawmakers, including himself, to add to BN’s 137 for a two-thirds parliamentary majority.

    All these developments in the midst of the controversial Allah issue dividing so called extremists on one side and “Middle Malaysia” proponents on the other.

    What it shows is that when it comes to the crunch Race and Religion is the central axis around which even Opposition politicians like Hasan Ali, Zulkifli Noordin, Zahrain Mohd Hashim will close rank with UMNO’s counterparts in the name of unity of race/religion, one and the same. If they and others like them leave, will PR remain viable?

    The issue in contention is this: Is there really a Middle Malaysia supported by DAP/ostensibly by PR? ‘Yes’, if you are talking about Non Muslims; I suppose ‘yes’ again if you are talking about many urban educated Malays but what is the proportion of these in relation to the whole when a sensitive issue like the Herald Controversy relating to use of the word “Allah” bursts into the fore?

    True or not, Tun Dr Mahathir said that Malay nationalist group Perkasa was gaining popularity because the community was feeling threatened and forsaken. Not only UMNO is blamed for appeasing non-Malays, now even those within PKR/PAS who uphold the moderate ground will likewise be blamed – and DAP, of course, vilified!

    The 308 political tsunami notwithstanding, with even politicians from PR’s component parties taking extremist positions on race/religion and getting away lightly compared to those who take the moderate “Middle” stance, the question is inescapable whether Malay Mindset (that these politicians try to represent) has truly evolved to the stage to accept and support the ‘Middle Malaysia’ Ground. If not, how well can Pakatan Rakyat fare in its race to Putrajaya? That’s why Kit asks “what next”?

    PR has reached the crossroads with road signage “Middle Malaysia” pointing left and “Race & Religion” pointing right? Which way will Malaysia take is not only a question depending on which way UMNO/BN ruling the country takes but now also Pakatan Rakyat opposing it!

  12. #12 by monsterball on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 9:50 pm

    That bloody chengho thinks he is smarter than Anwar too?
    Whole life keep talking an idiot.
    He seems to know Anwar needs who and who.
    I wonder doe he knows…who Najib needs badly.
    And here in this blog…chengho loves to be faarked up……bloody itchfy fella.

  13. #13 by rockdaboat on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 10:44 pm

    PKR must field better quality candidates in the next election.

    In the meantime, sack Zulkifli Noordin or PKR will be sacked by the rakyat in the next election!

  14. #14 by limkamput on Saturday, 30 January 2010 - 11:25 pm

    If they and others like them leave, will PR remain viable?//Jeffrey

    Viable in term of what? So that they can form the Federal government and administer this country? This is the problem with the opposition – appeasing and compromising with all and sundries just to be “viable”, never mind they are working themselves to oblivion.

    PR must adhere to principles come what may. It is only in this way that right people are attracted to the parties. Otherwise what is the point, forming the federal government only to be sold out by bits and pieces again?

    Forget about religious issues for the time being. PR should be able to win on issues like corruption, abuse of power, gross inefficiency and wastage alone. We get side-tracked for nothing and played right into racist hands, championed by none other than Mahathir and Perkasa.

  15. #15 by katdog on Sunday, 31 January 2010 - 2:28 am

    The problem with Zahrain is if he has a particular issue he should state clearly what exactly he was unhappy with. What he has done instead is make a personal attack.

    Even Zulkifli Noordin is clear where he stands on issues. But Zahrain was never forthcoming about the reasons for his verbal attacks.

    Obviously this is a mark of an opportunist trying to fish for the ‘best’ deal. We can clamour for PKR to get rid of these turncoats, but honestly the next guy could still be a potential turncoat, and the next and the next.

    The only way to stop opportunists. Get rid of the opportunities. End political appointments. Bring back local elections. Institute anti-hopping laws.

    Until then, there will always be kataks no matter how many times you purge.

  16. #16 by frankyapp on Sunday, 31 January 2010 - 2:44 am

    //13 rockdaboat…PRK must field better quality candidates in the next election//. I think it’s easily said than done.You see initially all those who wanted to become a candidate ,normally showed pretty good ethics. When elected,and were given official position,their life-styles changed and became pretty ambitious to go bigger and higher in term of power ,money and prestige .And when they failed to get them,they became rebellious outwardly.This’s what happening now in PKR.And at the same time UMNO/BN took the golden chance/opportunity to help them to fan further damages to their own leader and party through the MSM.In addition,Umno/Bn would offer them huge sum of money,plus high official position,hence many of them became ” political frogs ” .Frankly any political party would do such thing to gain advantage over its rival. I think the real quality candidate is one who’s totally committed to the party to serve the people, has good religious background,intelligent,and diligent.And a professional degree is an added advantage. Male or female,it does not matter.

  17. #17 by k1980 on Sunday, 31 January 2010 - 6:03 am

    you missed out DAP’s Jelapang Hee-hee-hee, the toadie which made possible the fall of Perak to unmo

  18. #18 by wanderer on Sunday, 31 January 2010 - 8:46 am

    Undoubted PR still has quite a good number of left
    over s#its from UMNO, harboring the same self-interest thoughts.
    Do a complete “Spring Cleaning” before the next GE..spare the rod, spoil the child. come a dumb ass like you is able to come out with such a “BRILLIANT Proposal”!
    You are the best of the bests..a maggot in BN sh3t house!

  19. #19 by undertaker888 on Sunday, 31 January 2010 - 9:21 am

    the price of freedom is to let the party collapse. All will be revealed next week.

  20. #20 by chengho on Sunday, 31 January 2010 - 9:52 am

    Kit must ask royal commission of enquiry to investigate zahrain allegation that the cm of penang as a dictator , chauvinist and a comminist-minded chief minister…he also claimed there are penang dap leaders who agree with him but are scared to speak up..

  21. #21 by kcb on Sunday, 31 January 2010 - 3:12 pm

    “…I think the real quality candidate is one who’s totally committed to the party to serve the people, has good religious background,intelligent,and diligent.And a professional degree is an added advantage. Male or female,it does not matter….” #16 frankyapp

    Yes, field more of such candidates in the next election. Also, in comparison to DAP and PAS, candidates from PKR are generally of lesser quality. Even DSAI admits that PKR needs to have better candidates.

  22. #22 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 31 January 2010 - 3:21 pm

    For Najib, its dawning on him that UMNO/BN at GE13 may do no better than 3/08 and it could be worst. He knows that if he does not do better than 3/08 in GE13, he will not last until GE14. In fact, if it becomes clear that UMNO/BN will be worst come GE13, he may not make it even before.

    In other words, it will dawn on him quite soon he must go for GE13 once he is confident it will no worst than 3/08.

    That is PR worst case scenario because its likely to be too soon for PR. Time is not on PR side. If BN do badly for GE13, there may NOT BE a GE14.

    PR fate lies in splitting UMNO/BN again. This time it will not be easy. It need very very strong ammunition to do it this time because no top leaders in UMNO don’t understand what UMNO/BN split mean – losing the throne. So the issue need to be forced – no less than by the likes of Perkasa – the ones most willing to do so.

    I keep saying Perkasa is a good thing for PR. It drives voters to PR.

  23. #23 by monsterball on Monday, 1 February 2010 - 2:44 am

    Chengho is trying to make a fool out of LKS with his idiotic advises….to LKS.
    What will he not say or try …next?
    Why don’t he advise Najib to set up a Royal Commission to investigate Mahathir on so many things?
    How about he suggest a Royal Commission to investigate Najib’s “FRIVOLOUS” comment…on Bala?

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