Where are the ‘Justice’, ‘Transparency’, ‘Democracy’ & ‘Equality’ hopefuls now?

The current leadership race for the Deputy Presidency of Parti KeAdilan Rakyat has now become a circus frenzy where issues of favourtism, nepotism, fraud, manipulation and transparency became a really big thorn in the bottoms.

NST reported this:

Zaid rocks PKR ‘democracy’

2010/11/10
By Alang Bendahara and Shuhada Elis
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (right) and fellow PKR deputy president candidate Mustaffa Kamil Ayub showing a memorandum addressed to PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail demanding the party’s central leadership elections be postponed. — NST picture by Hazreen Mohamad 

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (right) and fellow PKR deputy president candidate Mustaffa Kamil Ayub showing a memorandum addressed to PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail demanding the party’s central leadership elections be postponed. — NST picture by Hazreen Mohamad

DATUK Zaid Ibrahim’s call for Parti Keadilan Rakyat supremo Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to “relinquish” his leadership of the party is being closely monitored by its partners, DAP and Pas, and the entire political class.

Of particular interest is Anwar’s treatment of dissent as the relatively new party has been unforgiving in its indictment of the conduct of Malaysian politics, pledging to effect a brand of democracy that is refreshing and liberating.

DAP’s affairs are primarily opaque. Hints of trouble within its ranks will have supremo Lim Kit Siang and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng rushing to enforce discipline and a gag order on tormented souls.
Criticisms of Pas leadership are similarly unheard-of.

PKR, as it turns out, is not faring any better on the democratic front.

At the very least, this has been the assessment of Zaid who was building a reputation as an independent-minded politician within the ranks of Umno.
Alas, he was suspended in 2001 on grounds of money politics and was sacked by the party seven years later.

To the critics of Umno, Zaid was a bright new star, one to be gar-landed and fast-tracked to prominence.

What has gone so fatally wrong? Who is the greater democrat now, Zaid or Anwar? Has PKR been attracting the wrong sorts, including irascible personalities?
For starters, the party’s national elections seem to have stirred more media interest than among those who matter — grassroots members.

Sensing that Umno had reformed its franchise empowering the grassroots members in party elections, PKR decided to quickly take the plunge.

This is the country’s first transparent “one-person one-vote” direct election but one that has attracted allegations of fraud and money politics and a mere nine per cent of members and 12 per cent of “voter turnout” in the earlier rounds.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail would not go beyond acknowledging that the elections had failed to capture the imagination of members.

A party youth leader from Sarawak was bolder. He said members now were having doubts on the direction of the party.

More importantly, however, one that will exercise the minds of Pas and DAP members, is the leadership of Anwar and that of PKR in Pakatan Rakyat.

Political analyst Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk said the current power struggle in PKR would certainly weaken the party ahead of the 13th general election.

Already, Pas Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib had asked PKR to do some serious soul-searching and not simply blame Umno for its troubles.

What would Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang of Pas and Guan Eng tell Anwar when the three parties sit down next to discuss seat allocation ahead of the next general election?

Read more: COMMENT<br>Zaid rocks PKR ‘democracy’http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/4sedi-2/Article/#ixzz14qMx1OD8

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The party which was formed on the notion and principle of ‘Justice’, Parti KeAdilan Rakyat, is under going the ultimate test. It is a test about ‘leadership’. It is a test about ‘principle’. It is a test about ‘democracy’. It is a test about ‘transparency’. It is about ‘equality’. It is a test about ‘confidence’. It is a test about ‘consistency’.

PKR attracted so many hopefuls to see Malaysia becomes a better place where the principle of ‘Justice’, ‘Equality’, ‘Transparency’, ‘Democracy’. The ability of Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim to capture the imaginations and confidence of many, especially being able to form a formidable coalition with DAP and PAS and brought BN down with historical losses in 5 + 1 states and lost the 2/3 control of Dewan Rakyat on 8 March 2008 gave the confidence for these hopefuls.

Suddenly, the ‘dream’ of having a two-party system and giving BN a run for their money (literally!) materialise. Pakatan Rakyat was formed on the corpse of Barisan Alternatif, Gagasan Rakyat and the likes through out the past 10 years, particularly after Anwar was sacked from Cabinet and UMNO on 2 September 1998. Some of these hopefuls plus the anti-Malays, anti-nationalists, liberals and civil-liberty like minded persons saw their long time wet dreams for BN to be brought down on their knees and eventually demise, in the notion of “Malaysia in the new dawn” becoming closer to be a reality.

Then it was the ‘promise’ of taking over the Federal Government by or on 16 September 2008. They became highly charged with these notion.

Never the less, it never did. “16 September 2008” never came. PR started to slide there on. First it was the loss of the control to Perak. Three PR ADUNs jumped out. Then a series of PR ADUNs and MPs leaving, for reasons of “False promises, deception, nepotism and violating principles”. The blow came when 5 MPs left within a very short span earlier this year.

Through their 11 odd years of being a legal political party, PKR is by far the party which had the highest turnover of leaders. So many have yet to be convinced what the actual and practical model of what PKR is all about. It is no longer about the idealogy. It is time to make a stand.

Where are the hopefuls now?

 

 

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