PETALING JAYA: Activists do not make good politicians and that is why the party is now in hot water, says Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) supreme council member Tariq Ismail.
“Activists are always impatient and cannot see whether the glass is half full or half empty. They just want the glass to be refilled,” he told FMT.
Tariq, grandson of former deputy prime minister Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, was commenting on PPBM’s internal strife that was highlighted after Anina Saadudin claimed she had been stripped of her Srikandi (women’s) chief post.
Anina, who was one of PPBM’s seven founding members, alleged this was due to a sexting scandal she was allegedly implicated in, and claimed she would have been retained if the party chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad had been the party president.
“She wants to link it back to the sex scandal which has nothing to do with what happened to her, with regards to the Srikandi post,” said Tariq in response.
“Srikandi is yet to be officially formed but there have been several complaints from within the party and outside, with regards to Anina’s attitude.
“She needs to calm down, take a breather and take it to the proper channels. Why must she take it to the media and sound like a Cik Puan Celupar (Miss Big Mouth)?”
Tariq claimed some party members had complained of Anina being “aggressive” and “very confrontational”.
“She has said numerous times she is a fighter, not a politician. Thus, she is an activist who received fame for bashing Umno and she will fight for what she wants.
“It is no surprise if many find this off-putting as in politics, we must put our self-interest aside for the sake of the nation. To do so, we need to hear all sides.
“Many tried to advise her a few weeks ago.”
When asked about claims that PPBM is turning out to be just like Umno, Tariq said while this may be true on some levels, an important difference between the two was that the three-month-old party allowed differences of opinion.
“But this should be done through the proper channels,” he added.