Friday, February 14, 2014

Desire to topple BN holds PKR party and members together


Last updated on 14/02/2014 - 09:33

Alyaa Alhadjri
PETALING JAYA: The PKR-enginereed "Kajang Move" is a prime example of how the party has spoken in "one voice" to deal with its “arduous march to Putrajaya”.
PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said the "bigger picture" of toppling BN “is something which is holding the party and enabling members to set aside their differences towards a common goal”.

“Our collective memory is of our fight against BN. And when that bigger picture is at stake, there is no personal friendship or allegiance,” Rafizi told theantdaily in a recent interview.
As such, Rafizi said, it is unfair for critics to view the public spat between PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as driving a wedge in the party.

While it is a commonly held belief that Azmin has the backing of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Khalid’s position is endorsed by Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Rafizi insisted that the party remains united when it comes to making major decisions.

“To say that Azmin is 'Anwar's boy'? He is not. The party speaks with one voice. (PKR president) Kak Wan, Anwar, they speak with one voice.

“It hurts some people-lah of course, but this (Kajang by-election) is what the party wishes because we cannot run away from that big picture (of capturing Putrajaya)," Rafizi said, maintaining himself as a staunch critic of both Azmin and Khalid.

Asked whether the Azmin-Khalid feud would cause rifts in the party at its upcoming internal polls, Rafizi said: “I don’t think it will go that far.”

"Even if somebody tries to create a full-blown Team A-Team B, I don't think it will happen because many members are still very much loyal to the party.

“In fact, no matter how much people hate me within the party, they can credit me for one thing: ‘I don't take sides. I hentam (whack) both sides.’”

PKR had during a Special Congress on Nov 24 amended its party constitution to allow any member to nominate themselves as a candidate for any position but Rafizi remained optimistic that the party would not be dragged into "a full-blown factional struggle".

Khalid had previously brushed off rumours that he would be challenging Azmin for the party deputy president's post while the Gombak MP himself was speculated to be eyeing the president's post unless it is contested by Anwar.

In a recent interview with MalaysiaKini, Khalid indicated that he would prefer to hold an appointed post within the party rather than to contest in the elections.

On a related matter, Rafizi also noted that the continuing spat between Azmin and Khalid was also fuelled by "indiscipline" from supporters of warring factions making public statements.

The Pandan MP was recently engaged in a Twitter war with blogger Nathaniel Tan whom he accused of not being forthcoming over his professional relationship with the Selangor MB's office.

"It is not that I condone any side; it is not that I take side with this group or that group. The problem is, these people from either side are employed on the payroll of the public," he said.

“It is unfortunate that what started as differences in opinions based on policies and performances have since escalated into a ‘personal clash’ between the two PKR leaders,” he added.

PKR has been roundly criticised for initiating the "Kajang Move" as a bid to resolve its own internal problems but it is left to be seen whether the members would continue to look at the "bigger picture" or risk splitting the party.

~ The Ant Daily

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