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