Hornbill Unleashed

May 27, 2011

PKR gears up for snap polls, machinery activated

Joseph Sipalan

While a July date for snap polls remains speculative PKR is not taking any chances as it began getting battle ready should the 13th general election actually take place in the next few weeks.

The opposition party held a two-day retreat in Port Dickson for its top leadership and political bureau members with special attention focused on its nationwide polls campaign.

Vice-president Tian Chua said the retreat – which ended yesterday – is the start of the party’s push to complete their polls preparations before July.

“The retreat centred on policy issues such as our (campaign) machinery, training of election volunteers, our website and mobilisation,” he said when contacted.

NONETian Chua was sparse on details surrounding the two-day retreat, though he did not disagree when asked if the top leadership will now embark on a state to state tour to get their party machinery up to speed.

“Definitely, part of our preparation is to consolidate (the party machinery) in every state,” the Batu MP said, without revealing much else.

Fellow vice-president Fuziah Salleh was equally tight-lipped on the retreat, playing down its significance by describing it as a “regular” political bureau meeting.

“This was not the first time we discussed the general election at our meetings. This was just an extended meeting of our regular political bureau meetings.

“We went through and updated our checklist, basically making our final checks so that we are prepared, considering that snap polls could be called as early as July,” she said.

Anwar’s non-stop schedule

Inside information, however, indicates that the retreat was a culmination of months of effort aimed at getting the party’s machinery at both the national and state levels geared up for snap polls.

A source close to the party’s top echelon revealed that there was more than one reason behind PKR de facto chief Anwar Ibrahim’s nationwide anti-slander campaign, which followed the expose of a sex video allegedly involving a man resembling the charismatic leader.

NONEThough stopping short of confirming Anwar’s tour doubled as training for the party’s machinery in each state he visited, the source admitted that it was more than just prepping the ceramah circuit for their leader.

“His (Anwar’s) schedule has been non-stop over the past few months, and everywhere he went the state machinery would be mobilised… you gauge for yourself,” the source said.

It is also understood that PKR leaders from Sabah and Sarawak attended the two-day retreat, fuelling speculation that seat negotiations were raised.

This appears to go hand in hand with claims that the main Pakatan Rakyat partners – PKR, DAP and PAS – have already started negotiating about seats in case the general election is called this year.

Anwar himself fanned such speculations when he told Malaysiakini in an exclusive interview that he expects snap polls to be called as early as August this year.

However, if the general election is to be called this year, Pakatan-led Selangor and Penang have vowed not to dissolve their assemblies as their governments have only been in power for a little over three years.

This will allow Pakatan to focus on the parliamentary election instead of having to defend these two key states as well.



  1. Set up a Reconciliation Council and provide immunity for PPB, PBS, UMNO Sabah if they return 50% of the money stolen and give guarantees for all governemnt agencies post in Sabah & Sarawak will be filled with East malaysians with higher oil, timber, oil palm taxes & royalties and to implement the Borneo agenda. This offer will bring BN’s fixed deposits into PR pockets…. Better to have half Malaysia than loss all.

    Comment by HonestEhr — May 28, 2011 @ 12:20 AM | Reply

  2. Already started hearing rumors the PR already having some internal squabbles, especially the PKR!

    To all PKR who merely made it during Sarawak GE; just get lost and let others who really has the chance of winning; to the extend giving it to other PR candidate!

    PKR Sarawak should be independent; Sarawak should member pick their own candidate without the interferences of West Malaysia PKR. The people of Sarawak know who is the best candidate.

    I don’t think Sarawakian mind loosing; we lose and we lose fighting.

    Comment by Very Angry Sarawakian — May 27, 2011 @ 10:30 PM | Reply

  3. Yes, and soon up comes a party with pants down to the knee start bragging it should be the leader. Once beaten twice shy! The BN would be grinning for five years if that happen again.

    Comment by batulawi — May 27, 2011 @ 8:25 PM | Reply

    • I agree with both of you, Very Angry Sarawakian and batulawi. Personally, I feel it is better to have a few good candidates than to have many that will for sure be defeated and take a listen from regular folks on the ground and not so much from the horn tooting candidates themselves.

      It would be great to know the names of the candidates early. In the US, the Repulicans already started to throw their hats in the rings for the 2012 presidential race and Democrats also send me letters for campaign funds.

      Comment by Christina S. Suntai — May 28, 2011 @ 8:51 AM | Reply

  4. Half the battle would have been won, if all the Alternate parties can come to an agreement to have a one to one challengee.

    Comment by smelly — May 27, 2011 @ 7:00 PM | Reply

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