Infighting is hurting Anwar's image, PKR leaders told


KUALA LUMPUR: The image of PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim could be tarnished by ongoing squabbles among party members.

This is the worry of PKR Central Executive Committee member Gooi Hsiao Leung, who is urging that open spats be stopped in order that Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) reputation and credibility can be upheld.

He said that the high-profile quarrels – which are mostly centred on a tussle for the position of PKR deputy president in the upcoming party polls – have gone overboard.

“We may survive as brothers – or perish together as fools. We have gone overboard this time on the party polls, spilling blood, especially in the bid for the post of deputy president.

“This (may) not only affect Anwar’s image as party leader and prime minister-in-waiting, it (may) also tarnish Pakatan’s (credibility in) leading the nation.

“How can Anwar lead the country if the nation and our partners in Pakatan see us as people who quarrel incessantly and bring ourselves down?” Gooi said in a statement here yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Bukit Tengah assemblyman urged all PKR members to rise up and work hard for the party to earn the respect and trust of the people and its PH partners.

“Yes, we are the largest party in the pact and what is said by our leaders generally makes an impression, besides reflecting PH’s ability to lead.

“(But) party polls are not about personality (contests) – whether one is for Rafizi (Ramli) or (Datuk Seri) Azmin Ali.

“The goals and objectives of the polls are for us to emerge as a stronger, more united party which is not divided or split up, to fulfil our Reformasi agenda. (So we have to) make PH stronger to fulfil the mandate which was given to us by the people,” he added.

Gooi is referring to the straight fight between Rafizi and Azmin for the number two spot of PKR deputy president in the PKR leadership polls in November.

Rumours and accusations have been tossed back and forth, including one fuelled largely by Rafizi and his camp, alleging that Azmin is being used by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to foil Anwar’s bid to become prime minister.

PKR Central Executive Committee member Gooi Hsiao Leung. - NSTP FILE PIC

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