SHAH ALAM: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ended its 11th annual national congress today in a state of doubts or lack confidence as the party leaders appeal for unity among the opposition parties.
As if that is not enough, within PKR itself deputy president Azmin Ali once again reiterated, for several times that he was not at loggerheads with party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail.
PKR, the glue or rallying point of opposition parties at one time is now considered tame as it tries to play the role of moderator to accommodate its partners that are poles apart in ideologies and objectives.
For a start in the absence of the party de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the party’s congress whih began on Saturday and ended yesterday was not attended by PAS and DAP top leaders.
Absent were DAP stalwarts Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Absent was also the firebrand speech by Anwar that normally would also state the party stand on several national issues which would fill up the front pages of the media.
Being a multi-racial Malay-based party, Anwar who managed to unite and rally the opposition parties together is no longer around physically to oversee matters.
Succeeded by his wife Wan Azizah, the confidence of party leaders from within and partner parties has eroded somehow and DAP, the Chinese-based multi-racial party, is pushing its ‘mind in trying toÂ mould’ the opposition pact according to its aspiration.
PAS, the Islamist party that DAP having problem to tame, is as independent as during Anwar’s time when he called the shots in the pact, does not fully recognise Wan Azizah as a leader.
Not seeing eye-to-eye, DAP has been practically pressuring PKR to cut ties with PAS which the former has been brushing aside.
Adding to the complication of the marriage of convenience of the opposition pact is the newly formed Parti Amanah Nasional (Amanah), comprising rejected PAS leaders, who DAP backed and insisted it must be in the pact.
As PKR walks the delicate line so as not to antagonise ans slight any of the partners, Azmin takes the ‘father figure’ of ensuring none of them ‘goes out of the line’ to ensure all are intact and together.
And to allay suspicions from within and among partners, Azmin reiterated that he is a party man in and out and follows the decisions of the party leadership.
In short, the just concluded PKR’s congress is a reflection of the party trying to continue playing its role of uniting and rallying the oppositions together at a time when confidence and trust of the partner parties are at its low level.
Whether PKR can sustain its position or not, the reality is obvious – DAP has questioned the party’s stand in Penang and Selangor while PAS is on its own pursuing its Islamic state and Hudud objectives.
Both parties seem to have their own mind and with no rallying point between them, PKR’s appeal may just be ignored and Pakatan Harapan may just remain as a hope and dream.-MYNEWSHUB.CC/Text: Hassan Idris