Things have not improved between Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali.
That is to say, the president and deputy president were not able to agree, or the deputy was never consulted. Either way, that’s a mess inside PKR, because the top two don’t see eye to eye.
In the backdrop, more quagmire.
Nurul Izzah Anwar, the top elected vice-president, the technical number three, albeit being the president’s daughter quit the leadership cloaked in secrecy.
PKR on a spectrum would be in the opposite end to harmony. The forced show of unity at the party congress in mid November has withered quickly. The president waits for the final weekend of the year to name his appointees whose numbers neutralise the large presence of Azmin’s Kartel in the leadership through party voting.
Azmin has grounds to be aggrieved as the president’s appointees appear to circumvent his electorate victories and undermine him with both Rafizi Ramli and Saifuddin Nasution in the key management as vice-president and secretary-general. Both of them lost to Azmin in the last two leadership election.
However, his dalliances with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, has made Anwar jittery.
Mahathir has 16 MPs and growing with “reformed” Umno applicants at the gates. All loyal to him, so are DAP, Amanah, Gabungan Parti-parti Sarawak and Warisan (as long as Pribumi stays out of Sabah). And according to whispers, enough support from PKR MPs.
Anwar has at least 25 PKR MPs and some Umno love.
The parliamentary majority fluidity is massively upsetting lives inside PKR, because all parties are set inside the new government except for the largest party.
Anwar’s own inability to foster a singular voice, or at least a dominant one inside his party, worries all.
Instead he reverts to social media, posturing in the wake of his deputy’s open rejection of his appointments.
PKR’s big umbrella strategy has kept all kinds in while as opposition. But in the wake of Malaysia Baharu, it has to rationalise its ability to gather around core values and beliefs as the leading party of the government, otherwise a split is on the cards.