Will Anwar-Azmin truce last?

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali after their meeting on Wednesday.

PETALING JAYA: Political analyst Kamarul Zaman Yusoff has speculated that the truce between PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali may turn out to be temporary.

He told FMT he believed it would be difficult for them to resolve key disagreements, including the one regarding the timing of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s retirement from the prime minister’s post.

About the only agreements the two had reached, he said, were those relating to the technicalities of the PKR congress being held this weekend in Melaka.

“Other issues, like the appointment of state chiefs, reshuffling of PKR officials and the issue of the prime ministership, still need to be looked into,” he added.

The PKR officials Kamarul was referring to are the members of the party’s Central Leadership Council, some of whom were appointed by Anwar.

Anwar and Azmin met last Wednesday, resulting in a decision that Azmin should officiate at the joint opening of the meetings of the party’s youth and women’s wings.

Kamarul said the big question remaining was how long the peace between them would last.

He noted that the two seem to differ on policy matters, with Anwar seen as pushing for needs-based national policies, and Azmin, who is the economic affairs minister, looking more at Malay-based policies.

“On the transition of power, those aligned to Anwar’s side want the handover of power two years after the last general election,” he said. “Azmin wants Dr Mahathir to complete a five-year term.”

He said he did not see the rift healing any time soon.

Kamarul also observed that some people aligned to Anwar are not happy with the truce.

“In fact, they were frustrated after seeing pictures of Anwar and Azmin together,” he said. “They want Azmin to be punished for not attending the party’s political bureau meetings.”

A member of Anwar’s camp told FMT some members wanted to push for a motion to remove Azmin from the party.

“But now we can’t because Azmin is at the congress,” he said. “Azmin has to decide if he is with us or not.”

PKR is the largest party in the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, occupying 50 out of the bloc’s 129 seats.

Due to PKR’s grassroots influence, any open clash between its two top leaders could severely hurt Pakatan Harapan, some observers have said.