Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is leaderless and it is going to face a rough ride in the present turbulence political scenario particularly the opposition pact of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to pick a replacement where PAS and DAP are still at odds.
With PR supremo Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim behind bars, the opposition pact is now a very loose outfit with no glue to gum the three parties together to march ahead for the next general election.
‘Bleeding’ with the loss of a leader, PKR, compared to PAS and DAP, is expected to run into a mess ‘as the party walk down the political road’ with party president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail not expected to have a truly strong hold on the party.
All along, it has always been the towering figure of Anwar who run the party with Wan Azizah just a figurehead for official signatory, not the real boss and strategist.
Now the party leadership depended much on deputy president who is also Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, who is Anwar’s loyalist and cadre since the reformasi days in 1998.
But Azmin is expected to go on a rough ride since the last few months or specifically since he became Menteri Besar, Anwar was said to be grooming party secretary-general Rafizi Ramli to take on a bigger role in assisting Wan Azizah.
The fall-out was when Azmin accepted the Menteri Besar post after a nine-month impasse that was turning into a crisis as Anwar had wanted his wife to take on the Menteri Besar post after the much troubled Kajang Move that saw PAS distancing itself further from the pact.
Leadership tussle is expected in the Malay majority multi-racial party as the towering figure that has been the idol for some and a political platform for others is no longer there to ‘keep the discipline’.
Azmin would try to play the close aide and confidante to Wan Azizah but the relationship between the two has always been on the official platform given a ‘long history’ of unacceptable events that cannot be accepted especially by Wan Azizah.
With Anwar’s absence, Azmin is not expected to be fully accepted by the party president and the opportunity will give rise to Rafizi to get closer to Wan Azizah and place Azmin out of the ‘inner leadership circle’.
Azmin is cannot hope to be respected by Rafizi and the rest of the leadership when Anwar was around and the deputy president is also a man who will not allow himself to be ‘toyed around and be sidelined’.
Given such a scenario, PKR is expected to be in a mess with leadership tussle while DAP and PAS take their own path.
DAP and PAS are not expected to accord the same respect to the party now that Anwar is no longer around as the party can no longer play the role of ‘big brother’ to the other two parties that have existed way before PKR was formed.
PR itself will now be a ‘free for all’ pact where each party takes its own way as PAS and DAP are not expected to agree on who to replace Anwar as the pact’s supremo.
PAS has always wanted the party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to lead while DAP has never agree nor respect Hadi as a leader.
The last few months saw DAP’s secretary-general Lim Guan Eng blasting Hadi for not attending the pact’s leadership council meeting as well as not getting the consensus to implement Hudud Laws in Kelantan.
And PAS had reciprocated by lambasting Lim for his so-called ‘arrogance’, treating Hadi like a schoolboy.
Under such scenario and within PKR itself where the leadership tussle is expected to be wild but kept under secrecy, PKR as well as the opposition pact will seem to be lost in the wilderness of the political battle, an environment they had themselves created to unseat Barisan Nasional (BN).
With a ‘bleeding’ PKR, and PAS and DAP in rivalry, the odds to win over Putrajaya seem remote now compared to just a day ago and the situation is not going to look good in years to come.-MYNEWSHUB.CC