PKR: The party with the highest turnover of leaders

Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (PKR) announced the appointment of Machang MP Saifuddin Nasution as the new Secretary General. He is replacing Dato’ Sallehuddin Hashim who unceremoniously quit few days ago.

NST has the story on Sallehuddin’s retreat:

Salehuddin quits PKR


By Syed Nadzri

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat secretary-general Datuk Salehuddin Hashim has quit the party, ending weeks of speculation about how unhappy he had become about its state of affairs. He said he handed in his resignation yesterday to party supremo Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali. Salehuddin, a lawyer, said he was leaving politics altogether and would now concentrate on corporate consultancy work at home and abroad. “I think I’ve had enough of all this.

It’s time to move on and I will do some travelling and focus on consultancy services,” he said.

“I am 58 years old. And I don’t think I have that many productive years left, so I had better make the most of it now.”

The resignation is another major blow to PKR which is already beset by internal bickering and the prospect of having Anwar go through another lengthy court process on a sodomy charge. Salehuddin, however, did not want to go into the issue of whether it was the internal problems in the party that drove him to resign.

“Frustrations, resentments, disappointments. I think it’s all part of life, part of political life. But I think that’s enough as I’ve given six fruitful years to the party — four as organising secretary and two as secretary-general,” he added.

Party insiders have long pointed out that the state of his relationships with several party officials have been a source of irritation. His run-ins with Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, an Anwar loyalist, were well known, with matters coming to a head with Khalid’s controversial plans to take over Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan, a poverty-eradication foundation.

Last month, it was reported how an irate Salehuddin had emailed party officials about what he described as the “crooks” and “dirty tricks” involved in the takeover by the Selangor government of debts owed by a private company to state agencies to the tune of RM391 million.


Saifuddin’s appointment is no surprise, despite that he is a PAS member ‘on loan’ to PKR as a strategist. He also known to be an Anwarista, since the 1990s where he served as Pemuda UMNO Secretary.

However, the rakyat need to be reminded that PKR has seen a very high turnover of leaders. PKR, which derived from the merger of Parti KeAdilan Nasional and Parti Rakyat Malaysia, actually was formed as KeAdilan. KeAdilan,  was the formalisation of Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s mobstreet movement ‘Reformasi’, which he former UMNO Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister activated to stir up the anger and fury of the rakyat on his untimely sacking from the Cabinet and UMNO on 2 and 3 September 1998 respectively.

The nation, especially in Kuala Lumpur almost went topsy-turvy because of that. Two major international with involved world leaders were held in Klang Valley within the few months preceding his sacking and eventually arrest under ISA for instigating street riots; Commonwealth Games and Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation. Many, including political leaders, professionals, urbanites and students believed that Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad fabricated the ‘sodomy and sex-capades’ about him. It made the process to recover from the Asian Financial Crisis 1997 much more difficult.

‘The ‘Reformasi’ was all about him. Eventually, KeAdilan, PKN and PKR now is all about him. The party practiced the highest form of favourtism, nepotism and cronyism. His wife Wan Azizah Ismail was made President and she still is. His daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar is now the MP for Lembah Pantai. His aide Azmin Ali is now the Vice President. PKR is all about the fight for Anwar “King of Mobstreet Anarchist” Ibrahim and his personal agenda being formalised as a political struggle. So many are ‘sold’ into buying all the nonsense, via his amazing oratory and manipulative skills. Of course, not without help from his Jewish Neo Con friends who lend him enormous amount of support and resources.

Since then, high profile leaders have thrown their support and then left the former abuse-of-power-convict out of sheer frustration, disappointment and worse of all, being cheated and made used of for one man’s sordid personal agenda. Names like Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (former Deputy President KeAdilan), Abdul Rahman Osman (former Deputy President of PKN), Ruslan Kassim, Dato’ Marina Yusoff, Nell Onn, Prof. Dr. Jomo K. Sundram, Zainur Zakaria, S. Nalla Karupan (former Treasurer), Ezam Md. Noor (former PKR Youth Head), Lokman Noor Adam and the most recent, Dato’ Dr Jeffrey Kittingan. Despite being staunch Anwaristas, Dr. Chandra, Zainur and Ezam have since hit very strongly against their leader. Zainur and Ezam actually served time in jail for Anwar’s cause.

Since the 8 March 2008 12th General Elections, PKR seen a large number of elected representatives (YBs) of the multiracial party leaving the for one reason or another. In 2009, Mohd. Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering), Jamaluddin Md. Radzi (Behrang), Mohd. Fairus Khairuddin (Penanti), V. Arumugam (Bukit Selambau), Mohd. Radzhi Salleh (Lunas) and the most recent, Badrul Hisham Abdullah (Pelabuhan Kelang) quit from the party or as ADUNs.

On the other hand, PKR has been attracting ‘rejected’ leaders from othe parties. The most recent are Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim (who was suspended from UMNO) and Dato’ Seri Chua Jui Meng (who failed on the bid to run for MCA Presidency).

This peculiar pattern of high turnover of leaders in one political party, should be a worrying concern. These are the facts rakyat must consider. Exodus of high profile leaders and the magnetism on rejected leaders. They also should be reminded that Anwar announced the ‘Black 14’ “Ketuanan Rakyat” and “16 September 2008 take over the Federal Government” promises, which have yet to be materialised. In the final analysis, this is all about Anwar “Master Anarchist” Ibrahim and what leaders close to him eventually discover. Again now that he is facing another recuring sodomy charge, ten years after the first, Anwar “Compulsive Liar” Ibrahim (who failed t0 produce and make good his “31 BN MPs ready to cross over by 16 September 2008) is turning back into ‘anarchy’ as his pre-emptive defense mechanism.

Probably, if and when Dato’ Seri Mohd. Nazri Tan Sri Aziz is sacked from the Cabinet, he might join Anwar as well. He has clearly shown his trait as a ‘samseng, something so Anwarista-ish. After all, unlike UMNO which was given birth in a palace, PKR was  born on the streets by mobs and thugs.

*Updated 300pm

Published in: on January 10, 2010 at 02:28  Comments (26)