Pakatan Rakyat has always been an unlikely alliance. Three parties with three different principles and objectives are never meant to be together. The only way for the alliance to work is to have mutual respect for each other and to acknowledge Anwar Ibrahim as the ultimate leader.
However, this simple condition is just too much for all the three parties. None of them respect the other and all of them want to be the ultimate leader.
PKR sees the alliance as a vehicle to get Anwar Ibrahim to the Prime Minister’s seat in Putrajaya while DAP sees Anwar Ibrahim as a tool for the Chinese to rule Malaysia. None of the two pay any attention to PAS but expect the party to just tow-the-line and follow orders.
There was never so much problem with the arrangement, though there have been disputes over Hudud and Negara Islam and things like that. But PAS has always been the obedient dog and Anwar is always ready to play any part at all, as long as he remains in the limelight. Both PAS and Anwar were always happy to kow-tow to DAP, even when ‘Islam’ is at stake. So, there was no problem that the alliance could not handle then.
It is clear to the people that in Pakatan Rakyat, Anwar may be the ultimate leader, but DAP has always been the boss. The crazy part is that, both DAP and Anwar Ibrahim wants to play ‘dictator’.
This time, Anwar and DAP are in agreement that they need to change the Chief Minister of Selangor. One of the main reasons to oust Khalid is because he has failed to get JAIS to return the bibles to the Bible Society of Malaysia.
And so, the mission to replace Khalid Ibrahim is carried out fiercely and mercilessly. It is now no more a dispute or a little internal problem, but a ruthless war. Khalid is accused of being corrupt, weak, incapable, even disloyal. No more talks about his credibility and valuable experience as a corporate figure that we used to hear in the last election. Khalid is now the worst person ever lived in this world. Khalid needs to be replaced with Anwar Ibrahim’s wife!
It doesn’t matter that Anwar Ibrahim’s wife, the Puppet President of PKR doesn’t perform. It doesn’t matter that PKR is in haywire and need her attention and action. It doesn’t matter that she is proven to be far worse a leader than Khalid Ibrahim.
All that matter is that Anwar will have a hand in Selangor’s administration while DAP pats his shoulder.
Anwar and DAP could have things go their way even if the majority in their parties do not agree with them. However, things just blow out of proportion when PAS chooses to ‘disobey’ their orders and defend Khalid.
For that, DAP gives PAS a warning and harsh words are said. Just like Khalid, PAS is also accused of disloyalty.
DAP’s message to PAS is so far very clear, that the only solution in this situation is for PAS to come to its senses and know its place in Pakatan Rakyat. PAS must understand that going against DAP and Anwar’s wish is unacceptable because PAS is just a dog and is in no position to talk, what more disobey.
PAS managed to pull its strength and insisted on having a meeting to discuss the matter further.
The meeting that was first set on 10th August was postponed to 13th August and then again to 17th August. Looks like choosing a meeting date is a big problem too.
PAS is in great pressure as can be seen in its official portal, Harakahdaily whereby the President is being attacked by the members openly. This, I heard from a friend of mine just over breakfast this morning. Gone are the days where the ‘Ulamas of PAS’ cannot be criticized. Today, PAS members call their Ulamas names just because they do not kow-tow to DAP and Anwar.
This morning, Lim Kit Siang posted in his blog that this meeting is not so much about Khalid’s fate, but more of Pakatan Rakyat’s.
There is no doubt that there can only be two options for Khalid and PAS, that is, the DAP’s/Anwar’s way, or get out of the way.
Either way, the Selangor people will still lose.