Can Wan Azizah unite a bickering PKR?


Will the new Kajang state rep be able to resolve the open enmity between Azmin Ali and Khalid Ibrahim?

G Vinod, FMT

Now that the battle for Kajang state seat is over with PKR winning comfortably, the focus will shift to the Selangor state assembly and party polls on April 28.

And in both cases the political career of Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is at stake.

It all began after the 13th General Election when Pakatan Rakyat won more than two-thirds of the state assembly seats in Selangor.

Initially, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali was touted to become the Selangor menteri besar and was said to have the blessings of party de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

However, Azmin’s dream was dashed when Pakatan members DAP and PAS were in favour of Khalid. Even PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail endorsed Khalid for a second term.

With his ambition put on hold, Azmin then started lashing out at several policies of the state government.

The breaking point came when Azmin was removed from the Selangor Development Corporation Board (PKNS) late last year.

While no one is certain what really transpired, Azmin’s supporters have blamed Khalid, who is also PKNS chairman, for the move.

In a surprise turn of events, Khalid announced that he will challenge Azmin for the PKR deputy presidency.