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PKR is like a trash box

With PKR the weak link, there was no way but out for Fairus
Analysis by Leslie Lau
Consultant Editor

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — If one were to draw up a checklist of all the major problems faced by the Pakatan Rakyat since its formation last year, Parti Keadilan Rakyat would stand out as the source of much that ails the political alliance.

The resignation of Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Fairus Khairuddin is but the latest in a laundry list of scandals, missteps and embarrassments which have threatened PR’s existence and already cost the alliance the loss of one of five state governments it controls.

More significantly, these scandals have seen PR lose the momentum it had gained against the ruling Barisan Nasional since last year’s March 8 general election.

From being on the cusp of power, the PR alliance is now faced with the kind of growing pains it cannot afford if it is to have any chance of being a serious and viable alternative to BN.

Plucked from obscurity, Fairus was handpicked over some better-known personalities within PKR to be the party’s most senior representative in the DAP-led Penang government.

But almost from the get-go, he was a problem for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He is known to have enjoyed the trappings of power but did very little of the work that goes with being deputy chief minister.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Fairus was also frequently absent from state executive council meetings. And when he did show up he had little to contribute.

He also hardly turned up at his constituency to serve the voters.

But the last straw was when his name began to surface in allegations of abuse of power being levelled at the Lim administration.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is understood to be investigating the allegations.

Anwar has had to act decisively and quickly to limit the damage.

It has become clear that PKR is the source of most of PR’s problems.

Case in point: Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Osman Jailu, the two PKR executive councillors in the DAP and Pas-led Perak PR administration, were charged for corruption last year barely six months into their term of office.

Their corruption cases led to the defections of the two men and the downfall of the PR government in Perak.

More recently, the case of Elizabeth Wong with all its lascivious elements and lurid details severely embarrassed Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s PR-led government in Selangor.

And in Kedah, the resignation of PKR’s V Arumugam as state legislator was forced by allegations of bigamy.

With all these in mind, Anwar has had no choice but to get rid of Fairus.

Besides damage control, PKR and PR can now at least have the option of taking the high road, admitting their flaws and making the case to voters that the alliance has a low tolerance for misconduct.

PKR is split-up of UMNO, many of them are junks rejected by UMNO itself.

What do we expect those people from UMNO? They have been educated to accept free lunch from the day they are in the cradle.

Fairus is just a typical Malay groomed under the NEP, who wanted to get rich quick with the political power. This guy already got money to buy Mercedes-Benz car after less than a year as DCM I.

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