Zaid chides former party PKR over Selangor seats dispute


PETALING JAYA: Former minister Zaid Ibrahim today took his old party PKR to task for its behaviour in Selangor, accusing it of acting as though it were the de facto leader of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.

Voicing concern over the infighting among opposition parties, he said he was trying to make sense of why the leaders were “squabbling and calling each other liars when the votes are ripe for the taking”.

“Maybe this is what happens when they think the government is about to fall. There is a mad rush as opposition groups try to secure as many seats as possible for themselves. All they think about is the interest of their group, because they all believe that winning is inevitable,” he said in a blogpost.

“PKR is particularly visible as the party that wants to control Putrajaya (interim PM notwithstanding),” he added.

“They want to dictate the terms that other opposition groups must follow. In Selangor and in Negeri Sembilan, they have shown their true colours.”

Zaid was referring to the rift between PKR and Amanah over the seat distribution in Selangor.

The parties are at loggerheads over Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali’s claim that 80% of the seats to be contested by the pact have been finalised.

Amanah and DAP leaders said they were not aware of any state seat negotiations after Azmin said four such meetings had been held with PH partners.

They added that they were only invited to discuss the coalition’s election strategy.

The dispute culminated yesterday in former state executive councillor Ronnie Liu lashing out at Azmin on social media for accusing Amanah of lying.

Zaid said the people he had spoken to on his recent trips to Johor Bahru and Perak were mostly concerned about their livelihoods and how to cope with the rising cost of living.

“They are worried about not being able to save enough and if their children will ever be able to afford to buy a house for themselves. They are all looking forward to the general election.

“They must be worried when they see opposition leaders fighting among themselves.

“All I can say is that if there is no change in government this coming election, it will be mainly because the opposition coalition was unable to instil discipline and manage the prima donnas in PKR well.”

Zaid resigned from Umno in 2008 and joined PKR soon after. A year later, he quit the party after a falling out with Azmin.

He then revived a little-known party to set up Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air, before announcing that he was quitting politics altogether in 2013.

In February last year, he joined DAP, saying his choice was due to the performance of the DAP-led state government in Penang.

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