The Salehuddin theory merits attention

By Terence Netto, Free Malaysia Today

With Bagan Serai’s Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri quitting PKR, bringing to three the number of MPs that have left the party to become independents in some two weeks, the ‘Salehuddin Hashim theory of internal PKR disintegration’ now compels examination.

Salehuddin has been airing his dissatisfaction to close friends about the lack of a proper management structure in the party, but because he always spoke off the record, it was difficult to accord his criticisms the credence it now deserves.

He had been saying since last September that discontent was brewing and that Anwar Ibrahim, distracted perhaps by Sodomy II, was too cavalier with the signs.

Because PKR MPs find it difficult to be open with the ‘Ketua Umum’ because of his iconic stature and his tribulations, their grievances stay subterranean, in which state, it is obvious, matters volatile cannot exist for long.

Now with a third PKR MP quitting, and there are no evident signs about Mohsin such as there were about Zahrain Mohd Hashim – that he was really ‘unreformed Umno within PKR’, and there were about Tan Tee Beng – that he had habits which would render vulnerable any politician, the ‘Salehuddin theory’ compels attention.

He has been saying that the party lacked a management structure that would detect, channel and resolve internal grievances.