Berita Daily

22/10/2015 07:32 AM
What compounds the misfortunes of
PKR today is that Wan Azizah continues to divide and rule opposing
factions within the coalition rather than be a force for unification

Hussein Hamid

Unlike PAS where dissent within its rank has gone beyond hope
of any reconciliation, dissent within PKR ferments but has yet to
irrevocably split asunder what Anwar Ibrahim has put together. But is it
not ironic that Anwar Ibrahim, who could put together so adroitly the
coalition of the unwilling (that included DAP and PAS!), chose to divide
and rule within his PKR?

Predictably, this is also a trait that, to her own detriment, Wan Azizah has now made her own as president of PKR.

is true today within PKR is that its ‘First Family’ whose patriarch is
currently incarcerated in Sungai Buloh can no longer do as they wish
with impunity. Not after Kajang, not after the Selangor MB debacle and
certainly not after its patriarch’s ill-advised dalliances with Saiful
that has resulted in his incarceration.

You can fault Najib in
the manner he too, eagerly embraces gutter politics to do Anwar in, but
there is no denying that Anwar himself was the architect of the
circumstance that made it all possible.

What compounds the
misfortunes of PKR today is that Wan Azizah continues to divide and rule
opposing factions within PKR rather than be a force for its unity. Wan
Azizah needs unison within PKR but instead, by her deeds encourage
division. If this continues, then her position will become untenable,
for surely as leader, her role is to unite not divide.

Within the
Pakatan Rakyat ‘coalition’ that may or may not have met its demise
recently, PAS has not honoured decisions made on their behalf by their
representative Mat Sabu at various Pakatan Rakyat presidential meetings
pre-2013… meetings where Hadi had absented himself.

There have
also been engagements between PAS and Umno in the recent past but any
attempt to second guess the nature and focus of these engagements would,
at worst, be pure drivel, and at best conjectures. These engagements
certainly have caused disquiet, more so in DAP than in PKR. Now whether
these engagements will result in PAS joining Umno vacillates between the
devil and the deep blue sea. Damm if they do and damm if they don’t.

for now DAP, PAS and PKR are on the same side of the divide. Hence any
spillover affecting any of them – such as Amanah and PAS – will need to
be kept within the ‘opposition’ family if an opposition coalition is to
have relevance and resonance with a public whose ‘accepted truth’ is
that Pakatan Rakyat is the opposition that will face Barisan Nasional in
the next election. How Pakatan Harapan will overcome that ‘truth’ would
be interesting to see.

The immediate task at hand for Wan Azizah
– the ‘presumed leader’ of any opposition coalition – is to put her own
PKR in order by identifying the priorities she needs to deal with now
rather than later.

PKR must first work at consolidating their
precarious position in Selangor. It has to win more seats in Selangor
and not depend on DAP or PAS to hold on to Selangor. It must govern in
its own right in Selangor. To this end Azmin Ali cannot be seen by Wan
Azizah as a problem in Selangor and within PKR. He is part of the

Factionalism within PKR is the problem.