PKR in the news ‘for all the wrong reasons’

PKR’s problems continue with the latest sex video controversy.

KOTA KINABALU: Two political analysts here say the sex video controversy has made PKR appear to be the most problematic of the four components in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Sabah Universiti Teknologi Mara lecturer Tony Paridi Bagang said the problems of the other coalition partners – DAP, Amanah and PPBM – are nothing when compared to those involving PKR.

Tony Paridi Bagang.

He said divisions in PKR had already surfaced during the party’s elections last year. “Those who had closely followed the PKR development may perceive that PKR has internal affairs that need to be addressed compared to DAP, PPBM and Amanah,” he told FMT.

Whether the sex video proves to be genuine or otherwise, it implicates PKR and its leaders, particularly deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.

“The public has started to perceive something is not right. Indirectly, this tarnishes the image of the leader, party and the PH government.”

Universiti Malaysia Sabah senior lecturer Lee Kuok Tiung said the other three PH partners are seen as “less controversial and more united.”

Lee Kuok Tiung.

He noted the friction within PKR was clear for all to see after the party elections, adding it was also reported that vice-president Rafizi Ramli was involved in a scuffle in Keningau when vying for the deputy presidency.

“And now, we can see the blame game going on,” he said, referring to a denial by Sabah PKR Youth that its deputy youth chief Blission Zainuddin was part of the election machinery during the Sandakan by-election last month.

“The problem is, it looks like, the next prime minister is either (PKR president) Anwar Ibrahim or Azmin. I don’t see anyone from DAP, PPBM or Amanah who’s going to become the next PM (after Mahathir),” Lee said.

He added that while it is still uncertain if the videos were authentic, one thing for sure was that rivals within his party and PH, as well as those outside the coalition, will seize the opportunity to try to bring Azmin down.

Meanwhile, Bagang said the gay sex video controversy was an unnecessary issue for the government, particularly when it has to deal with a litany of changes it had promised to bring based on its election pledges.

He said people expected better than dirty politics in the new Malaysia. “Too much time and energy are spent in order to address this issue. This may distract the focus of the government to carry out its reforms.