The self destruction of PKR?
By John Isaac
Top leaders from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will have to iron out their differences and resolve all internal conflicts if they hope to survive the next general election, said party insiders.
These insiders, who are senior members in the party, said the internal conflicts were too revealing and this was causing a massive erosion of public trust which was slowly, but surely destroying the party.
From the victory in the last general election, they said the top leaders have on numerous occasions washed dirty linen in public and this has caused a majority to lose faith and confidence in PKR.
Also, they revealed that the momentum gained during the Reformasi movement has died down and now supporters and also party members were beginning to lose hope in the party.
"PKR used to be the strongest link in Pakatan Harapan, but now, it seems like it is becoming the weakest. We are worried that if this continues, there will not be much of PKR left come the next general election," they said.
They claimed there were just too many internal issues within the party, while the recent statement from a party leader towards Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad only made things worse for the party.
"Let us not forget. It is us who went to Tun and not the other way around. We are the ones who dragged Tun out of retirement and we should be grateful to him.
"Also, every seasoned politician in Malaysia knows not to mess around with Tun ... we are playing with fire.
"Tun is greatly respected around the world and is also a master politician who we should not mess with. This will certainly not augur well for us in the next general election," they said.
One of the members pointed out that there were at least three factions in the party, with the two most glaring ones being the Anwar/Rafizi and Azmin Ali camps.
"There is also a third faction but I am not sure who is behind it. But the two obvious ones are known to everyone and unless these factions learn to compromise, then we are doomed," he said.
He said many members had since become greedy for power and positions and this has made them turn against each other.
"Back then, our cause was clear and simple. But these days, it seems clouded and the power has gotten to the heads of many.
"The problem is, most of the PKR leaders are newbies and they are unable to make wise and clear decisions," he said.
From their point of view, the only party which remains solid in PH was DAP, which they claimed had a strong hierarchy of seasoned leaders.
"However, we believe it is not too late for PKR. The first thing that needs to be done is for PKR leaders to learn how to keep their mouths shut and also not to raise their issues in the media.
"There are numerous internal channels available for them to resolve issues and they should resort to this instead of raising it out in the open," said the insiders.
Secondly, they said those in conflict should sit down and come to a compromise and resolve their differences.
"If it is power they want, then reach a compromise. There can surely be a way for this matter to be resolved without having to tear the party apart," they added.