PKR is bear­ing the brunt of Pas’s ouster

New Straits Times - - Opinion - The writer, an avid cof­fee drinker, is NST’s po­lit­i­cal desk spe­cial­ist writer. He also has a pen­chant for point­ing out the ob­vi­ous

“Azmin is a re­al­ist. He is work­ing hard to main­tain the cor­dial re­la­tion­ship be­tween the palace and gov­ern­ment in Se­lan­gor.

“The preser­va­tion of the sta­tus quo has been con­sented to by the sul­tan to main­tain the gov­ern­ment’s sta­bil­ity.

“Due to po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests, some tend to ig­nore the role of a menteri be­sar. Politi­cians like Pua, for ex­am­ple, like to come out with state­ments that may not con­form to the palace’s wish for sta­bil­ity,” an aide to Azmin said.

Fur­ther­more, los­ing grip over Malay con­stituents could spell doom for PKR’s leadership in the state, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Pro­fes­sor Dr Az­izud­din Mohd Sani said.

In 2010, the num­ber of Bu­mi­put­era res­i­dents in Se­lan­gor stood at 51.5 per cent, and Mus­lims at 57.9 per cent — both num­bers have grown since.

“Se­lan­gor has many Malay seats (at least 25 state seats).

“The un­der­ly­ing is­sue is the im­pact of Pas’s de­par­ture on par­ties de­pen­dent on Malay sup­port. Yes, in this in­stance, PKR is walk­ing a tightrope.”

WEAK­ENED PRES­ENCE?

PKR is bear­ing the brunt of Pas’s ouster, which is the ob­jec­tive of a few who har­bour a vendetta against cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als and the Is­lamic party.

DAP has de­cided to leave the mat­ter and af­ter­math to be solely dealt by PKR, and washed its hands clean off ef­forts to re­move Pas from the equa­tion.

Af­ter more than a decade of friendly ties, Pas and PKR have ar­rived in Splitsville, re­flect­ing the fluid but tu­mul­tuous in­ter­party re­la­tion­ship in the op­po­si­tion fold.

This could lead to the op­po­si­tion pact los­ing its two-thirds ma­jor­ity in Se­lan­gor, even if par­ties in Pakatan Hara­pan re­main in­cum­bent at the next polls.

As of now, any over­ture against Pas is bear­ing fruit and PKR’s leadership in Se­lan­gor has never been on a shakier ground. Azmin can only do so much to hold it to­gether.

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