Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has put up a new line-up of office bearers, believed those who are loyal to de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar and president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah, where the party deputy president Azmin Ali is not given any portfolio.
The new line-up is seen as preparation for Wan Azizah to have better control of the party if Anwar’s appeal on his conviction for sodomy is rejected and forced to go to jail.
The fear or rather Anwar’s fear is Azmin, who, with his new government post as Menteri Besar, can ‘displace’ Wan Azizah as party president as party members may just refer to him on all matters, leaving Wan Azizah as mere ‘symbol’.
In fact, even partners in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) may also discard Wan Azizah and refer to Azmin on most matters and this is particularly so with PAS, whose leadership had not wanted Wan Azizah as Selangor Menteri Besar from the beginning.
The Islamist party had also oppose the Kajang Move by Anwar to replace Khalid as Menteri Besar at that time.
PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has been moved and replaced by newly elected vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who has shown his capability in building the party image as ‘political policeman’.
Rafizi has been successful in his role as the party ‘hitman’ as he revealed alleged ‘irregularities’ or cronyism in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) which saw casualties such as Umno Women chief Datuk Seri Syarizat Abdul Jalil.
He is said to be ‘very loyal’ to Anwar which became the ‘talk’ in the party beginning last year, ‘unseating’ Azmin’s ‘position’ as Anwar’s trusted man.
This was especially so during the Kajang state seat by-election where Rafizi was seen as the director of the by-election as well as the strategist given his prominant role, sidelining even former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who was appointed as director of Kajang by-election.
Saifuddin, while known to be loyal and ‘obedient’ to Anwar and Wan Azizah, is seen as someone who is cautious and not brave enough to ‘gate crash’ issues that can create ‘fear’ to BN leaders.
Saifuddin’s specialisation is in planning and strategy and Wan Azizah has put him alongside her daughter who is the party vice-president Nurul Izah as directors of election.
This means Saifuddin will play the role of ‘backroom boys’ where he does not need to surface and put himself at risk of being sued or ridiculed like what has been happening to Rafizi through his claims and allegations.
The fact that he lost in the three-way fight for deputy president’s post in the party election two months ago showed his lack of exposure among party members due to his character of keeping low profile and does not like to ‘blow his own trumpet’.MYNEWSHUB