PKR Leadership Pool Drying Up

(Bernama) — The move by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to form a presidential council to fill the leadership void in Sabah showed that the party’s leadership pool is drying up, Puteri Umno chief Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said.

The party was not even able to appoint a leader in the state, she added.

“Puteri Umno believes the move by Sabah PKR chief Pajudin Nordin to quit the party and announce intention to join Umno on Saturday, after only a month at the helm of Sabah PKR, is a reflection of the actual problem plaguing PKR, either in Sabah or in the peninsula,” she told Bernama when contacted.

PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced Sunday that a presidential council would be set up, with her as the interim chairperson, following Pajudin’s departure.

Pajudin’s appointment as Sabah PKR chief had come under fire from 18 of 24 PKR divisions in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin said the latest development in PKR showed that PKR was unable to find its leaders in Sabah because all the good ones were already with the Barisan Nasional (BN).

“It’s a clear sign that the party is not accepted in Sabah. The writing is on the wall, there is no need for me to say more,” he said.

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the move by PKR’s own leaders to leave the party, raised questions about the party’s credibility.

“The events that are unfolding in Sabah are very interesting. It’s anybody’s guess why they are leaving but one of the reasons is the indication that they have lost confidence in the leadership of their own party.

“These people have decided to leave and prefer to be with and support the BN, and this is the conclusion that obviously must be seen by members of the public,” he said.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Datuk Liew Vui Keong echoed Pairin’s view, saying the people would now able to judge conclusively about the severity of PKR’s internal leadership problem.