KUALA LUMPUR Aug 16, 2014:
Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) secretary-general S. Arutchelvan has called for PKR to sort its internal party affairs before seeking to end the Selangor Menteri Besar impasse.
Stating that the problems involving now independent Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and PKR were internal in nature, he suggested the party complete their elections first before moving on to the MB issue.
“The whole issue to replace the Menteri Besar is due to PKR, and if they settle their party elections first only then can they be able to pull ranks during their upcoming party national congress meeting.
“Perhaps with the newly elected line-up they would be able to show some strength and solidarity within the Pakatan Rakyat fold,” he told The Rakyat Post.
PKR’s elections, which finally concluded on Aug 10, has endured a host of problems including a blackout, running out of ballot papers, as well as allegations of fraud and phantom voters.
The official results are expected to be announced on Aug 22 during PKR’s three-day congress that will be held in Stadium Melawati, Shah Alam.
Claiming that PAS and DAP were being unnecessarily pulled into the friction, Arutchelvan criticised PKR for gambling Pakatan Rakyat’s rule in Selangor with the “Kajang Move”.
The “Kajang Move” is the name given to the strategy that was initially supposed to see PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim replace Abdul Khalid after being elected as the Kajang assemblyman in a by-election.
Anwar, however, was disqualified from the contest after the Court of Appeals overturned his acquittal for sodomising his aide in 2008. His wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also the PKR president, subsequently won the election.
Arutchelvan pointed out that PKR claimed the “Kajang Move” was made to thwart Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak’s plans to wrest Selangor back.
“Now it has blown beyond that, was the move necessary?”
When asked whether Abdul Khalid should resign from his post, Arutchelvan said given the current situation, having lost the support of the majority, it is only right for him to do so.
Last month PKR had announced that it had agreed on its president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail succeeding Abdul Khalid, although the latter has refused to adhere to the decision, which subsequently led to his sacking from the party.
While DAP has supported PKR’s proposal, PAS is expected to make its stand this Sunday.