PROOF: Reps quitting party and squabble in Selangor show intense politicking
IPOH: MALAYSIANS may love rojak, a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish, but they should refrain from indulging in political parties with rojak ideologies.
Drawing comparison with one of the all time favourite Malaysian dishes, Gerakan deputy president Datuk Chang Ko Youn said Malaysians should not place their trust and future in the hands of rojak political parties.
Taking the Parti Keadilan Rakyat to task for its rojak ideology and mixture of leaders with divergent political beliefs, Chang said the party was a "party in crisis", with its leaders clamouring for power.
"PKR is a rojak party. Its leaders are all former members of other parties be it Gerakan, Umno, MIC, MCA, PPP or even DAP.
"It is a party of exes. What is happening is that everything is a rojak in that party and all these exes want to become leaders," said Chang yesterday during the announcement of details on the state Gerakan delegates conference.
He added that leaders in PKR held different political beliefs and because of this, there were divergent views within the party.
"Because of this divergence, PKR is not a stable party. It is a party in crisis."
Proof of the party's instability, Chang pointed out, was the significant number of members of Parliament and assemblymen who left the party over the past four years.
Stressing that too many PKR leaders had left the party, Chang said the party continued to fool the public with its wayang kulit (smokescreen) effect, put up by the different camps in the party.
"These camps and the leaders associated with them are creating confusion among party members and the public. There is intense politicking in these camps which are out to 'chop' each other's favourite candidates (for the coming general election).
"Look at Selangor where there are two camps -- one led by Azmin (PKR deputy president Azmin Ali) and another by Khalid (Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim)."
Chang, who is also Perak Gerakan chairman, said he expected more problems in PKR with its leaders striving to outdo each other to become candidates.
"PKR is just a vehicle for these politicians to hold on to power. Nothing more than that," he said, adding that in Perak, PKR was the weakest and most unstable compared with its Pas and DAP counterparts.
On the state delegates conference, he said the state gathering would be held on July 29 and would be opened by party president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.