Friday, January 2, 2009

Anwar’s formidable challenge to keep PR together

Cracks are obvious within this alliance of convenience that is pakatan Rakyat, as each party wants to impose its ways on how to govern the states they control.

The much publicised war of words among Pakatan leaders in Selangor has had PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali pleading those involved -- Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, State Assembly Speaker Teng Chang Kim, Klang member of parliament Charles Santiago and Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam -- to stop airing their differences in the media.

De facto PKR chief Anwar, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and Pas president Abdul Hadi Awang may be accommodating of each other but they seem to have underestimated the independent-mindedness of their leaders in Kedah, Perak and Selangor.

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Razak obviously has a mind of his own. So have Pas leaders in Selangor. There are also one or two maverick DAP representatives in Selangor and Perak.

It's a challenge to Anwar to use his personal powers of persuasion for component parties to focus on the next general election...

-Extracted from a piece by Zubaidah Abu Bakar in the NST

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