AYER KEROH: PKR’s information chief today regaled delegates at the national congress with a historical anecdote revolving around treachery, a day after deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali seemingly took offence to a tale of betrayal told by party president Anwar Ibrahim.
In his winding-up speech, Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin recounted how Portuguese conquerer Alfonso de Albuquerque had manipulated Sri Utama Raja (also known as Utimutiraja) to erode the support for the Sultan of Melaka.
Shamsul said that the Melaka ruler had entrusted Utimutiraja, an influential and wealthy individual, to safeguard an area named Upih from an impending attack by the Portuguese general.
Shamsul said Utimutiraja refused to do so, predicting that the Portuguese would win the battle and also prevented the mercenaries hired by the Melaka Sultan from going against the Portuguese.
Shamsul said Alfonso had also promised to grant Utimutiraja and his family asylum.
“Utimutiraja oversaw the destruction of Kota Melaka with his fervent hope that he would be given a post in the Portuguese administration.
“But then, Alfonso unearthed the wrongdoings of Utimutiraja’s children and in-laws and had them all killed mercilessly on Dec 27, 1511,” Shamsul said.
In narrating the story, Shamsul went on to remind delegates to be wary.
Yesterday, Anwar spoke on the tale of Si Kitul and Raja Mendeliar, a tale which also deals with betrayal.
This led to Azmin later saying Anwar’s retelling of the historical story had opened the doors for other leaders to launch personal attacks, affecting party unity.
Scores of delegates and members were seen leaving the convention venue, with some upset over the personal attacks launched on Azmin by delegates.
However, Anwar denied mocking his deputy, saying the story was part of Malay history and had nothing to do with Azmin.
He also said that if Azmin felt slighted then “that is his problem”.
He said he could not control the speeches of delegates at the congress.