LEAD­ER­SHIP

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be­came a plat­form for Azmin to set his foot on the ground and dic­tate the tone of his party’s congress.

It was all the more ap­par­ent when lam­bast­ing “po­lit­i­cal eu­nuchs” for try­ing to un­der­mine his ad­min­is­tra­tion, Azmin seem­ingly pro­jected him­self as PKR’s head hon­cho whom no one should cross.

“They cre­ated polemics and car­ried out provo­ca­tions. But they for­got they are fac­ing Azmin Ali and PKR. Those who try to do so in Se­lan­gor are traitors to the peo­ple.”

To many, Azmin has al­ways been more than ready to take the reins of PKR. His rise to the po­si­tion of Se­lan­gor MB serves as a glow­ing rec­om­men­da­tion for the job. But as ex­pe­ri­ence has taught him, im­pa­tience will al­ways leave ev­ery­one short­changed.

How­ever, it is never too early to paint the im­age of an ideal fu­ture leader. More­over when the cur­rent one, who by her own ad­mis­sion, is a “seat warmer” dur­ing an in­ter­view with Al-Jazeera.

Dr Wan Az­izah’s in­ter­view with jour­nal­ist Me­hdi Hassan was crit­i­cised by some quar­ters, in­clud­ing DAP’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for her ap­par­ent lack of lu­cid­ity when broach­ing Is­lamic is­sues.

Nev­er­the­less, her ad­mis­sion as a seat warmer or an in­terim for hubby An­war has weak­ened her cred­i­bil­ity as an ideal leader and the vul­tures are al­ready cir­cling the sky wait­ing for an op­por­tune mo­ment — they know the dif­fer­ence be­tween hu­mil­ity and weak­ness.

With that be­ing said, to­day’s congress in Shah Alam, may be a call for a re­view or clearer lead­er­ship to pre­pare the party ahead of the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

House­keep­ing mat­ters and con­sol­i­da­tion of op­po­si­tion pact mem­bers aside, party mem­bers do re­alise that ev­ery­thing is not fine and dandy. While party lead­ers can al­ways link arms be­fore the rank-and-file to dis­play sol­i­dar­ity, all is moot with­out the fig­ure of a cho­sen one strong enough to unite war­ring fac­tions.

PKR is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems in that as­pect, as Azmin’s ac­tions, Dr Wan Az­izah’s ad­mis­sion and An­war’s where­abouts are quite telling of the party lead­er­ship’s di­rec­tion.

Top­ping the list of prob­lems are frac­tious el­e­ments, that stem from the ab­sence of a com­mon leader. Ev­ery­one knows that in PKR, there has yet to be some­one who with the abil­ity to stay the hands of dis­senters. The one who can is still in jail.

Party lead­ers, who will be speak­ing from be­hind the ros­trum to­day, may say that there are those who try to un­der­mine the party by pre­sent­ing a false cri­sis in its fold, although the facts say some­thing else.

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail

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