NOTHING BUT DRAMA?: Party calls his bluff by asking him to explain his reason over intention to retire from politics
KUALA LUMPUR: PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should explain his decision to step down from politics as it is deemed to be just another gimmick.
Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (Kita) president Zamil Ibrahim, who stated this, said Anwar's claims were just a drama to divert people's attention from the real issue.
Anwar, in an interview published recently by the Financial Times, had indicated that he might consider quitting politics and return to teaching if the opposition failed to wrest federal power in the next general election, due by April next year.
Zamil said the decision could also be prompted by pressure from Anwar's wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also PKR president.
"Dr Wan Azizah fears the possibility of more revelations of Anwar's wrongdoings by his aides, including by Nalla (Datuk S. Nallakaruppan), who revealed Anwar's alleged affair."
He added that Dr Wan Azizah was also pressured by the media and non-governmental organisations to have press conference to clear Nallakaruppan's allegations.
Anwar was also pressured by the rift between Dr Wan Azizah and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, according to allegations made by party members, he added.
"The rift had also caused state leaders to be in a quandary over whom to support."
Zamil also said the clash inside the party was becoming more serious. The issue between Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and his political secretary, Faekah Husin, over the alleged support letter, he said, was also another political drama.
"Khalid and Faekah are the scapegoats.
Everyone in the party knows that Faekah is Dr Wan Azizah's right hand.
"Attacking Faekah is the same as attacking Dr Wan Azizah, so Khalid defending Faekah is for the sake of Dr Wan Azizah."
He added that for the people, this was just PKR's never ending drama.