Kit Siang: Pakatan is bleeding

(The Star) – The Pakatan Rakyat disciplinary committee must meet to restore public confidence in the discipline, commitment, cohesion and unity of the loose coalition, said DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.

The subject of holding a Pakatan disciplinary committee had been on the agenda of its leadership council since last year, he said.

The internal haemorrhaging, he stressed, must end particularly when Umno and Barisan Nasional were intensifying their political offensive.

“This will be the challenge of the Pakatan leadership council when it meets tomorrow,” he said in his blog yesterday.

His latest posting on the issue came close on the heels of the latest attack against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng by former PKR state chief Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim. Zahrain, who is also Bayan Baru MP, had called Guan Eng who is DAP secretary-general and Lim’s son a dictator, a chauvinist and communist-minded leader who was unfit to lead the state.

Lim said Pakatan had won a renewal of public confidence and trust with the successful holding of its national convention in Shah Alam on Dec 19, last year.

“It had also demonstrated greater responsibility and maturity as compared to Umno and Barisan in the response to the “Allah” controversy.

“However, in a matter of days, these hard-won gains for Pakatan were largely undone not by the acts of our political adversaries but by the deeds of Pakatan standard-bearers,” he said.

He said as a result, there was now a new round of public questioning as to whether Pakatan could be trusted with the great responsibility of federal power in the next general election.