The declaration by three Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) MPs as independent MPs in support of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Government under the leadership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is indeed a courageous and principled move that meets the aspirations of the rakyat for a fully functioning and stable government.

We therefore unanimously welcome the dynamic political move made by YB Larry Sng (Julau), YB Steven Choong (Tebrau) and YB Dato’ Dr. Xavier Jayakumar (Kuala Langat). No doubt, this is a progressive development that signifies their confidence in the Perikatan Nasional Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the proactive, decisive and timely measures implemented to jump start the economy and ensure sustainable recovery.

Their decision to leave PKR was also driven by a deep sense of frustration with the leadership of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim whose policy of divide and rule, nepotistic practices and cronyism has plunged the party into self-destruct mode.

PKR’s Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution, who has been leading the current virulent attacks against the three MPs, would do well to keep his peace, as he does not have the moral standing to preach about party hopping, having been a champion in this regard, initially jumping from UMNO to PKR, then from PKR to PAS and subsequently, from PAS back to PKR.

Unlike YB Dato’ Dr. Xavier who was an elected Vice President of PKR, Saifuddin’s political standing in the party is at best weak and strictly speaking, being merely an appointee, has no democratic legitimacy. It is understandable why he has no choice but to do Anwar’s bidding particularly in times like these.

If Saifuddin is really earnest about the rule of law, due process and the fight against corruption, as he has made himself out to be, why has he remained so conspicuously silent about the corruption case involving a prominent PH leader which was abruptly terminated even as the trial was proceeding smoothly – much to the disappointment and consternation of the MACC and the public alike?

Further, the allegation that Perikatan Nasional is using enticement and intimidation to garner the support of MPs from Pakatan Harapan is utterly baseless. The fact of the matter is that these MPs have made their own objective assessment and realised that the PN Government has taken responsible measures in dealing with the pandemic by channelling a total of RM320 billion for the benefit of the rakyat and to revitalise the economy.

More seriously, the allegation represents a completely unwarranted and scurrilous attack on the MACC and the police, our integrity and law enforcement institutions which all law abiding citizens hold with the highest regard. We do not take lightly these blatantly seditious accusations that could undermine the credibility of our national institutions and call for swift action against the perpetrators.

We call on leaders and members of PKR to reflect not just on the latest decision taken by the three MPs, but also ponder on the larger issue as to why so many top PKR leaders and long serving members have left the party.

PKR, under the current formulation, can no longer claim to be championing the principles of justice and welfare for the people, having lost its idealism and gone astray largely because of the insatiable lust for power and ambition of one man to become Prime Minister.

Furthermore, it may be an inconvenient truth, but Anwar Ibrahim must accept the bitter fact that his leadership is rejected by a large cross section of his own party members because a party that has lost its bearings can no longer claim the moral high ground to lead. This is most unfortunate because we know that there are leaders and members of PKR who have been holding fast to the original principles and idealism of the party only to find themselves side-lined and even victimised by the powers that be under the president. Instead of relentlessly pursuing the noble causes for which the party was founded, the powermongers have hijacked the reform agenda for the benefit of themselves, their families and their cronies.

Now is the time for decisive action. Let us forge ahead with Perikatan Nasional under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and move forward in strength, unity and conviction for the wellbeing and success of the rakyat and the nation.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
YB Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin
YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah
YB Dato’ Mohd Rashid Hasnon
YB Dato’ Kamarudin Jaffar
YB Dato’ Dr. Mansor Othman
YB Datuk Seri Dr. Santhara Kumar
YB Datuk Ali Biju
YB Datuk Willie Mongin
YB Jonathan Yasin

14 March 2021