Ambiga takes swipe at PKR for airing its internal squabbles


PETALING JAYA: Prominent lawyer and activist Ambiga Sreenevasan took a swipe at PKR today over the airing of its internal squabbles that she says is not doing the party any favours in the run-up to the 14th General Election (GE14).

Ambiga, in a series of tweets, said the party had allowed its squabbling to “drag them down”.

She also noted that Barisan Nasional, in spite of all its advantages, had been working hard on the ground for months.

“Bersatu (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) has been doing the same.

“PKR has been allowing their internal squabbles to drag them down. WE ARE NOT INTERESTED in their internal problems,” she said on Twitter.

Ambiga noted that if PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was out of prison, “he would be crisscrossing the country, speaking to and being with the rakyat”.

“He knows only hard work wins elections.”

She said rather than squabbling, PKR should be actively working on its manifesto, which many were still in the dark about.

“Indeed. It should be all hands on deck but we have not even got an inkling of the manifesto. Talking is not enough. Doing is better,” she tweeted.

Ambiga said she was not certain if enough was being done to win straight fights, let alone three-cornered fights in GE14.

“I don’t want to be unfair. I am sure some are working hard. But every single one has to. And there is no visibility.

“(Prime Minister) Najib (Razak) was on the ground even during the SEA games. Don’t say mainstream media is unfair,” she said, adding that online portals should start asking tough questions instead of covering PKR’s internal squabbles ad nauseam.

“Online is fair but mainly reporting about squabbles. If I am wrong I am happy to be corrected,” she added.

PKR of late has been mired in internal bickering, the most recent being the upheaval caused by PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali holding talks with PAS to prevent three-cornered fights in GE14.

Azmin’s actions have not gone down well with some party leaders, including Selayang MP, William Leong who recently announced his resignation from the political bureau, the highest decision making body in PKR.

Making matters worse was a recent revelation by party vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who said that since 2015, the party leadership had been split on the issue of its ties with PAS, with two camps, one for and the other against, having emerged.