Sunday, March 21, 2010

There is deep-seated unhappiness in PKR, says Dr Chandra Muzaffar

Former PKR MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim’s “revelations” in Parliament last week is not an Umno ploy to split the Pakatan Rakyat (PR), say analysts.

Instead, they feel it is an indication of an “existing unhappiness” in PKR.

One-time PKR deputy-president and social scientist Dr Chandra Muzaffar told The Malaysian Insider that the now-independent MP’s statements finally showed Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s true colours.

“I don’t think it is an Umno strategy. The revelations are more about September 16.

“The events of September 16 have not really been revealed before. There are good things to come out of this, if you ask me,” said Chandra.

According to Chandra, this means that Anwar no longer can claim the moral ground.

“It’s an affirmation, it confirms what I have known for a long time. Anwar has no right to occupy the moral high ground,” he added.

Zahrain, who is Bayan Baru MP, claimed that Anwar contacted BN MPs to defect to PR to help the coalition topple the Federal government on Sept 16, 2008.

Zahrain named Dr Puad Zarkashi (Batu Pahat), Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh (Kalabakan), Datuk Anifah Aman (Kimanis), Datuk Eric Majimbun (Sepanggar), Tengku Datuk Seri Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar (Jerantut), Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Gua Musang), Datuk Chua Soon Bui (Tawau) and Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (Kinabatangan) as those who were ready to defect.

“I don’t think that BN is behind this, it’s a result of an existing unhappiness in PKR,” said Professor Shamsul Amri of UKM when asked to comment on Zahrain’s outburst.

The lecturer stated that recent events had actually opened space for a third voice to be heard, and that the public now had access to three different points of view.

“I want to look on the brighter side. Malaysians should be given more information, information that’s usually kept within the party.

“I’m quite relieved that this has come out in the open, rather than just passed around like a rumour,” he added.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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