KUALA LUMPUR: A group of former PKR members of parliament has hit out at the party for demonising Perikatan Nasional (PN) over the spate of crossovers into the ruling coalition.
In a joint statement today, they denied the alleged power abuse by PN to coerce the shift in allegiance through the use of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police, for example.
Recently, three PKR MPs – Julau MP Larry Sng, Steven Choong (Tebrau) and Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar (Kuala Langat) left the party and announced their support for the PN government and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“The allegation that PN is using enticement and intimidation to garner the support of MPs from Pakatan Harapan is utterly baseless.
“These MPs have made their objective assessment and realised that the PN government has taken responsible measures in dealing with the pandemic by channelling a total of RM320 billion for the benefit of the people and to revitalise the economy.
“More seriously, the allegation represents a completely unwarranted and scurrilous attack on the MACC and the police, our integrity and law enforcement institutions which all law-abiding citizens hold with the highest regard.
“We do not take lightly these blatantly seditious accusations that could undermine the credibility of our national institutions and call for swift action against the perpetrators.”
The joint statement was signed by Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Datuk Rashid Hasnon, Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar, Datuk Dr Mansor Othman, Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar, Datuk Ali Biju, Datuk Willie Mongin and Jonathan Yasin.
In the same statement, they also said it was time for current PKR leaders and members to look into the factors that had led many long-serving members to resign from the party.
Pinning the blame on PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, they claimed the Port Dickson MP’s lust for power, among others, was damaging to the party.
“Their decision to leave PKR was also driven by a deep sense of frustration with the leadership of Anwar whose policy of divide and rule, nepotistic practices and cronyism have plunged the party into self-destructive mode.
“PKR, under the current formulation, can no longer claim to be championing the principles of justice and welfare for the people, having lost its idealism and gone astray largely because of the insatiable lust for power and ambition of one man to become Prime Minister.
“Now is the time for decisive action. Let us forge ahead with PN under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and move forward in strength, unity and conviction for the wellbeing and success of the people and the nation.”
PKR was furious with the latest political move with its secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution claiming that Xavier was pressured to defect and support PN.
In the joint statement, the 10 MPs also trained their guns on Saifuddin, claiming the Kulim-Bandar Bharu MP had no moral standing to speak on party hopping given that he had jumped over to other parties previously.
They said unlike Xavier who was an elected PKR vice-president, Saifuddin’s position as the secretary-general was by appointment, thus held no “democratic legitimacy”.
“Furthermore, it may be an inconvenient truth, but Anwar must accept the bitter fact that his leadership is rejected by a large cross-section of his party members because a party that has lost its bearings can no longer claim the moral high ground to lead.
“This is most unfortunate because we know that there are leaders and members of PKR who have been holding fast to the original principles and idealism of the party only to find themselves side-lined and even victimised by the powers that be under the president.
“Instead of relentlessly pursuing the noble causes for which the party was founded, the powermongers have hijacked the reform agenda for the benefit of themselves, their families and their cronies.”
By : Arfa Yunus – NST