Hornbill Unleashed

June 25, 2010

Can Khalid appease growing detractors?

NONEBy Aidila Razak @ Malaysiakini

PKR Selangor chief and Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim may need to reconsider running for a top post at the November party polls, as the party continues to put his administration under scrutiny.

Already smarting from the tongue-lashing at the PKRcongress in Kota Bharu, Kelantan last month, Khalid (right ) is facing yet another round of criticism, as the party zeroes in on state policies at its Shah Alam retreat this weekend.

Information chief Latheefa Koya said that among the aims of the retreat is to find a way for the party to have more say in state affairs – an indication of latent unhappiness with the MB’s administration. 

In fact, some believe that the ongoing attacks on Khalid show that mounting frustrations are behind an “orchestrated” move to discredit him and his administration.

And with only months to go until the November party elections, any attack on his reputation will have an immediate effect on his campaign.

pkr national congress 301108 azmin aliKhalid is expected to go up against the likes of current Pakatan advisor Zaid Ibrahim and vice-president Azmin Ali (left ) for the deputy president’s post that will be vacated by Syed Husin Ali.

Evidence of an “orchestrated” movement against Khalid, said state exco member Xavier Jeyakumar, was seen during the Kota Bharu congress debates.

Xavier, when asked, revealed that some of the highly critical delegates confessed that prominent party members had given them “the text to read,” which they admitted they did without knowing what they were talking about.

Khalid a sitting duck

While Selangor PKR Youth chief Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin agrees that many are disgruntled with Khalid, he is less convinced that there is a ‘planned movement’ against the MB.

“I think the people who are unhappy with him know that time is running out (before the next general election) and there’s nothing they can do now but to advise him,” he said.

If Khalid is ousted, he said, be it as a result of losing in the party election or otherwise, “there will not be enough time for damage control”.

NONEState exco member Elizabeth Wong (right) has however warned that the public assaults may be used as ammo by the BN in its unrelenting bid to take over Selangor, thus rendering Khalid a sitting duck

“There needs to be some decorum. People need to remember that we are still at war,” she said.

A favourite point of attack at the congress was the issue of Selangor government-linked companies (GLCs), which are mostly led by those appointed by the previous BN government.

“Selangor has many GLCs and sub-GLCs, and everyone’s waiting for a piece of them, for directorships… it’s a culture inherited from BN,” she said.

For Khairul however, the resolve of the Selangor chief – who was parachuted into politics from the corporate world – to “keep party and government completely separate” comes off as somewhat naïve.

“I was a student activist so I have a lot of idealistic views, but as it turns out politics is very dirty and one has to be pragmatic,” said the youth chief.

Getting the point of “internal sabotage” across to the Selangor boss, he said, is no walk in the park, referring to various complaints of Khalid’s “strong-mindedness”, which other allege borders on ‘recalcitrance’.

Ref
orming the Reformasi party

Unlike the MB’s harsher critics, however, the youth chief is more forgiving, saying that it is actually a sign of dogged determination for reform.

It is precisely his commitment to good governance which de facto party leader Anwar Ibrahim had highlighted in his support for Khalid, which however, appeared to have wavered during the congress.

Azmin was even less forgiving, pointing out in his speech in Kota Bharu that the party members are not exactly asking for multi-billion ringgit projects, but to allow PKR more input into GLCs.

“When (Khalid) is slandered, it is not the directors of these GLCs but it is PKR members, who head to the front-line to defend him,” he told delegates of the reformist party.

The dilemma for Khalid now is whether to keep on the straight and narrow, or to play the game the way the members of PKR would like him to play.

For now, he appears to be bowing to pressure, giving in to the delegates by promising to introduce another exco post as well as state constituency coordinator posts for party members.

Yesterday, Khalid also confirmed the appointment of cleric Badrul Amin Baharon as information chief of the state government.

pkr weekly pc 120707 latheefaReformasi easier said than done

This is a bid to reach out to the Malay community, an area which PKR admits is a struggle.

In addition, according to Latheefa (left), the MB has also agreed to take pointers from the retreat and use the input for policy-making decisions.

But whether this will be able to appease his growing detractors is anyone’s guess.

After all, Khairul said, people in the party are realising that reformasi is easier said than done.

“People in PKR are starting to realise that it is not easy to govern. We talk about corruption, nepotism, cronyism, and here they are for us to deal with,” he said.

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6 Comments »

  1. Azmin as the former Political Secretary to Anwar has NEVER change his attitude of playing his role of the GATE-KEEPER to Anwar. No doubt he is ever faithful to his master; such Loyalty is indeed commendable. But he should look at the Macro picture that PKR is more than one man only. It should be based on the strength of some committed and courageous key men and women for a just cause.

    Azmin is ever resentful of those who are parachuted in the top echelon of PKR unlike himself who stick to Anwar through thick and thin.

    Such narrow minded attitude on the part of Azmin will no doubt be an obstacle to gaining more support for PKR.

    Previously he had created problems for Khalid together with Wee CK which indirectly cause the demise of Teoh Beng Hock.

    Now he continues with his vendetta.

    Comment by JusticenEquality — June 26, 2010 @ 1:52 AM | Reply

    • When the Star broke the news with “Azmin quits PKNS, moves to oust Khalid” there very sparse creditable details.

      Perhaps we should not get overexcited about this piece of news on Khalid. PKR is supposed to have a pow wow right now, this weekend.

      They are as, if not cleverer than BN in dleving into public opinions. Selangor’s hiccups may be typical new reformasi State. When the Star started news on this it was so vague. This is one point.

      Another is – Khalid’s new polsec was Wan Aziz’ polsec. We are led to believe that out of the blue, it’s done. Doesn’t it occur to us that with dual card handphones the affected people – Khalid, Wan Azizah, Anwar, Azmin, Zaid, Syed Husin, etc talk to each more than once a day?

      Perhaps, someone is looking for public opinion indicators on something. It may be something they want, or it may be something they could use during the meeting today and tomorrow.
      Perhaps, someone is looking for public opinion indicators on something. It may be something they want, or it may be something they could use during the meeting today and tomorrow. :D

      Comment by Watcha — June 26, 2010 @ 6:02 PM | Reply

  2. …A favourite point of attack at the congress was the issue of Selangor government-linked companies (GLCs), which are mostly led by those appointed by the previous BN government.

    …Selangor has many GLCs and sub-GLCs, and everyone’s waiting for a piece of them, for directorships… it’s a culture inherited from BN,” she said.

    …For now, he appears to be bowing to pressure, giving in to the delegates by promising to introduce another exco post as well as state constituency coordinator posts for party members.

    There is a loud clamor for an alternative news media for Selangor which some PKR and supporters want as State controlled to combat the UMNO front and which do not serve the Selangor public but UMNO only. There are two sides to listen to; Selangor voters and PR/PKR voters. Ultimately, this would serve Selangor and in the process serve the ruling PR. If Selangor engages the debates and the issues in Malaysia’s richest State as reformasi envisions, there would be enough fodder to keep everybody contructively engaged even as each fits his or her personal ambition and what part or future he or she has in it.

    This could be a problem area playing out in Selangor – you got the State, there’s plenty to do including resasonable personal gains within the context of reformasi and the grand challenge.

    Apparently, this doesn’t seem to happen yet in Selangor. Is Selangor still teething or suffering from molar pains? The Khalid issue is right – is he up to it? Once he has sorted this out or get the most of it right, he can then move on to the PR national perspective.

    Is PKR Selangor cognizant of this challenge? Or are the problems petty and unmanaged?

    Comment by Watcha — June 25, 2010 @ 10:42 PM | Reply

  3. Nobody says governing a state/country is easy. I think Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim has done a fantastic job in Selangor but the sad thing is there’s too much jealousy and back-stabbing in power struggle within PKR.

    This is such a great disgrace and if it’s not nibbed in the bud asap, this is going to destroy the party. We gave them our votes but what a shame they can’t even work together in peaceful coexistance. How can we trust them to work with DAP and PAS when Pakatan Rakyat takes over the federal government?

    Comment by Jong — June 25, 2010 @ 5:45 PM | Reply

    • The jealousy…back stabbing is a culture and way of life of the malays; its in their blood….as we understand/read/proven from our history books…..till this moment! Be it in the UMNO/BN nor PR….

      SO how can we thrust them of managing our country….. to-date MB Khalid is just a bad news rather then good news…. same goes to Azmin and the gang….

      Yes, can we thrust PR with our next vote?

      Comment by Jati S'wak.. — June 26, 2010 @ 12:46 PM | Reply

      • Jati S’wak,

        Spot on, thanks for reminding, you said it loud and clear!
        Yes, typical back-stabbing and betrayl traits of UMNO Malays, don’t discount UMNO devils the cause of PKR woes. It’s unfortunate some greedy assholes within PKR fell victim to their instigation.

        It’s time for PKR top leadership to clean up the party and get rid of the remaining trojan horses still hiding among the folds. Get rid of those cowards, no ifs no buts!

        Comment by Jong — June 26, 2010 @ 2:31 PM | Reply


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