Sunday, February 8, 2009

When will the Pakatan Rakyat collapse?

Political crisis spark off in the Pakatan Rakyat with DAP chairman Karpal Singh calling on Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to step down as head of the alliance.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Blaming Anwar, also PKR advisor and de facto leader, for creating trouble in the opposition alliance, he said Pakatan needed a new leader.

“He (Anwar) has created enough trouble and it is time for him to bertaubat (repent). I wonder if he is fit to be the leader of Pakatan Rakyat. In fact I think Pakatan Rakyat requires another leader, a good leader. Not someone who believes in immorality, even accepting crossovers," he said.

“It’s time Pakatan got itself another leader,” he told a press conference at his office.

Karpal Singh said members of PKR and DAP had fallen sway to the rhetoric of Anwar, who had supported the cross-over of elected representatives.

Karpal Singh

Karpal also warned his party leaders not to push him too far. "I have been patient all this while. Don't let matters come to a head in the interest of Pakatan Rakyat and also DAP. In fact, I have even proposed that DAP leave Pakatan Rakyat on the issue of hudud law but no one supported me, neither Kit Siang nor Guan Eng. It is a shame and they should also bertaubat (repent).

"Anwar is widely credited with knitting the different parties in Pakatan -- PKR, DAP and PAS -- into the coherent opposition that swept five states from under Barisan Nasional’s feet in the 12th general election last March.

The questions remain: Who will the Pakatan Rakyat take down and when will the Pakatan Rakyat collapse?

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