Selangor fiasco: Swak PKR distances itself?


It has also ordered its members to refrain from issuing personal statements

(FMT) – Sarawak PKR appears to be distancing themselves from the political mayhem in Selangor and in the national party.

State chief Baru Bian issued a gag order on all party members to refrain from issuing personal statements concerning the party and state-level Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

While his directive referred to speculations on contentious issues within the Sarawak Pakatan Leaders Council, party insiders noted that the timing of the press conference yesterday alluded to Monday’s shocking turn of events in Selangor following the on-going leadership spat between Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali and Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.

Kajang assemblyman Lee Chin Seh had announced that he was quitting his Kajang seat for the “common interest” of the party.

Yesterday PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim announced himself as candidate in the by-election.

A win will put Anwar in position to assume the post of Menteri Besar if the Selangor Sultan accepts Pakatan’s nomination of him.

In a text to FMT this morning, a source said local PKR and Pakatan officials were ‘in shock’ at what was happening in Selangor.

“This is not good for PKR or Pakatan. Azmin is a bad ass. Anwar has taken us for ride. Now it confirms rumours that Anwar never left Umno,” said the source referring to longstanding speculations in Sabah and Sarawak that PKR-Umno have been in secretive talks with Najib Razak’s camp post 2008.