Sunday, March 21, 2010

Zahrain bets on more PKR defections

Former PKR MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim is so confident that more MPs will defect that he wants to put a wager on it with PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali.

The outspoken Bayan Baru MP told The Malaysian Insider in an interview yesterday that he was even willing to let Dr Syed Husin decide on the terms of the bet.

“He (Dr Syed Husin) says there are no others leaving, right? Ok, then let’s take a bet. He can even name the wager. It is up to him,” he said.

Zahrain went further to say that the defections would not involve merely 10 MPs, as suggested recently by former party secretary-general Datuk Salehuddin Hashim, but “a lot more.”

“Salehuddin said 10, right? I think that there are more than 10 of them. I can bet with you that they are leaving,” he said.

Salehuddin had recently claimed that 10 more PKR MPs would leave the party, joining the exodus that started with Zahrain and followed by two others — Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng and Bagan Serai MP Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri.

All three have since become Independents.

The three were later joined by Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin, who was sacked from PKR over a disciplinary issue.

Zahrain also rubbished the recent loyalty pledges taken by 12 of the remaining 27 MPs in PKR, saying that it was just a temporary decision for them, one which could very well be retracted when they saw fit.

“They pledged loyalty? Ok, it’s ok. Let them,” he said.

Zahrain claimed that many of these MPs had been in touch with him and shared his frustrations with the party leadership.

“Some might leave and some might not but it is all because of the frustration and the anger that they feel about how the party is being run.

“One day our ketua umum (party de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) says this and the next day he says something else. And then he goes ahead and allows PKR to be subservient to PAS and DAP, so of course people get frustrated,” he said.

Zahrain added that the defections would happen soon.

“They (PKR leadership) handle disagreements within the party very poorly. Many of the policies are agreed on without any proper discussion with all. Whatever Anwar decides, with the agreement of one or two good friends, becomes a policy. He never listens. It is Anwar’s way or no way at all,” he said.

“I can give you an example. When I was the Penang PKR chief, Anwar told me – no way will PKR be subservient to the DAP. That is why he also told me to steer clear of the Penang state government.

“Then suddenly he said he wanted to appoint (Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1) Dr Mansor Othman as the state party chief. I told him that Dr Mansor is working with the state government and is subservient to (Chief Minister Lim) Guan Eng,” said Zahrain.

Anwar he said, however, went ahead with the appointment and reneged on his promise to give him (Zahrain) a post in the party leadership.

“It is not about the lack of appointment for me, but it is that he appointed someone who is obviously subservient to the DAP to lead the state party headquarters. I suggested that at least he could have placed himself as the state party chief, being the MP for Permatang Pauh,” he said.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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