Penanti by-election: PKR’s ‘rumblings in the interior’ laced with irresponsibility

More ‘rumblings in the interior’ brewing within the marriage-of-inconvenience Pakatan Rakyat (PR) elected representatives. This time, the recently resigned Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Mohd. Fairus Khairuddin, conveniently decided to give up his Penanti DUN seat for reasons related to internal party politics.

The ‘surrender’ did not come without a ‘drama’. He now demanded that his name be cleared of corruption and misuse of power charges and PKR stands firmly behind him. Otherwise, he threatens to expose a series of PKR and PR scandals, involving top party echelon.

The Star has the story:

Fairus: Clear my name or prepare for expose



KUALA LUMPUR: Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who quit as Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 and as Penanti assemblyman, has given PKR a two-week deadline to clear his name, saying he would otherwise expose a state government and party scandal.

In an exclusive interview with Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau, he said he had inside information related to the internal operation of the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance.

“That is the reason why the party still does not take any action against me,” he said, adding that it was not convenient for him to elaborate at present and urged the press to be patient.

Mohammad Fairus has been quizzed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for his alleged involvement with illegal quarry activities in the state, and has come under fire by his own party for supposed under-performance.

“I am innocent. They know what I can do. So do not push me (from taking such step)!” he said, claiming that he had been framed by party insiders.

He told Nanyang Siang Pau that he was unhappy with his party for not standing behind him as it had done for Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong and former Bukit Selambau assemblyman V. Arumugam.

“The two of them were just state executive council (exco) members, while I am not only a state exco member but also state Deputy Chief Minister,” he said, denying criticism that he had been neglectful of his constituency and absent from many state government functions.

He claimed that it was all part of a well-crafted plot to frame him.

“I have done my constituency work properly and have the support of my voters. Those on the outside may not understand this because my work and services for the constituency have not been reported in newspapers,” he said.

He added that he would cooperate with the MACC to clear his name over the illegal quarrying issue.


Failing that, he even issued an ultimatum to party-less Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is also PKR de facto leader. This latest development is part of series of Crack in the Ketuanan Rakyat, Kedah Ketuanan Rakyat Conundrum and  Ketuanan Rakyat Conundrum.

The DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had already made his decision not wanting to have Deputy Chief Miinister II Fairus in the State Exco more than a week ago. The quarry scandal involving the one time academician-turned-motivationalist was too overwhelming. This clearly shows the true ‘strange bedfellows’ unwillingness of intra-PR co-operation to resolve a ‘domestic’ issue amicably behind closed doors.

This obviously was not the first time. The development and handling of the Perak issue saw how DAP Chairman blames PKR de facto leader Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim and summarily ask him to step down as Opposition Leader. The PKR anarchy-style-street-mob infested and unwillingness-to-adhere-to-establishment-rules-of-conduct style of leadership, which they dared to resort of being blatant ‘derhaka and ingkar’ as well, was a clear-cut Anwarista SOP was being clearly portrayed during the Perak Government takeover episode, which is legally still on going. Of course, these Anwar contagious effect of the rest of PR shows their ability to go the distance, even to make the augur houses into three-ring-circuses.

The truth is that, PR elected representatives, especially PKR, were never serious to be involved in politics, serve and really champion the cause of the rakyat. Since the 8 March 2008 12th General Elections, two other elected PKR representatives, Permatang Pauh MP Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Bukit Selambau ADUN V Arumugam already gave up their seat for the wrong and invalid reasons. Bukit Lanjan ADUN Elizabeth Wong also threatened to resign when he nude photos were circulated.

These irresponsible behaviours are illustrated clearly as without hesitation, when these elected representatives readily sacrifice their seat entrusted by the rakyat in a sacred democratic process, as if the elections were a ‘child’s play’.

The election process is a costly affair. The Election Commission, which gets its money from the taxpayers’ coffer, foot between RM 400,000 to RM 1 million for elections per constituency (depending on size, no. of voters and geography). To willfully ask the rakyat to foot this unnecessary bill every now and then just to prove a point, test ‘power and/or popularity’ or even ‘for the sake of it’, is really irresponsible. The nation has to be managed and playing politics is what PKR leaders are only interested to do!

Fairus’s along with Wan Azizah’s, V. Arumugam’s and Elizabeth Wong’s actions should be construed as nothing less than insulting the rakyat, their confidence and intelligence. Election process is nothing llike a second forum early-teenage-classroom politics. What will happen to the law making process if the people who are democratically entrusted through structured process takes their position with only zestfulness for private interests?

PKR history itself specifically and empirically  traced to anything but ‘civility’, ‘responsibility’ and ‘maturity’. It started as an anger- adreline-charged-hostile street demonstration ‘Reformasi’ movement, designed to arouse the public fury with malice by ex-power-abuse-convict Anwar Ibrahim, as a reaction to his sacking as the Deputy Prime Minister on 2 September 1998. Of course, he laced lies of ‘cronyism’ and ‘nepotism’ against Fourth Prime Minister then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to justify asking the rakyat to rebel-rouse on the streets. Reformasi activists and eventually PKR leaders are known for the civil-and-intellectual anarchy, designed to confuse and rebel-rouse the rakyat, using ‘universally correct values and practices’.

What happened in Perak the last three months shows their blatant disregard to establishment, civility, traditions, norms  and most of all, even upto a point of defying the monarchs with such humiliation. Anwaristas and the PKR band of bandits also resort to lies, deception, act of seditions and manipulating facts, context and even history. The top of the compost heap is Anwar “The Compulsive Liar” Ibrahim, who has yet to fulfil the slightest, if not all his promises (to fair to him, from the moment PR took over the control of five states on 8 March 2008).

Rakyat should really learn their lesson from these unending episodes, of electing PKR leaders into augur houses that were meant to represent the people who voted them in.

Published in: on April 16, 2009 at 23:42  Comments (15)