PKR grassroots wonder if the PH component party is transforming into UMNO 3.0

Shahimi Hussein, Focus Malaysia

A CRY for fair racial representation in government positions has fallen on deaf ears among the PKR leadership. The waning support of the Indian vote base in recent state election is regarded as secondary to the concerning need to gain a significant Malay majority instead.

At this juncture, Indian PKR representatives are no longer keeping their grouses in silence. In one of the WhatsApp groups for division chiefs, a reminder that the Indian community is watching to see if the new Menteri Besar will honour his promises was received defensively by Amiruddin Shari.

Recent media statements by groups aligned with YB Gunarajah George (state assemblyman for Sentosa) and by YB Ganabatirau Veraman (Klang MP) himself must be taken into serious consideration by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim before PKR loses its majority grassroots support, comprising Indians vote base.

It is disheartening to watch how Anwar has failed to tread carefully between politics and righteous leadership by not honouring the promising reforms that got him the position in the first place.

When did PKR stop being a champion for moderate and multiracial policies?

The people are not asking for overnight constitutional change but a political will to make non-Malay leaders in PKR included in the government. Change is a process that requires representation during executive discussions and implementation.

We must never treat the Indian vote base as mere tokens for the support they have given to PKR and Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Should Anwar decide to leave the situation to chance, it will be no surprise for Perikatan Nasional (PN) to gain stronger support if their focus shifts to building the bridge with disgruntled Indian leaders and their respective communities.

A major shift in ideas is paramount to the core beliefs of the man responsible for leading and managing.

May the rights of every individual in Malaysia be respected and treated equitably if not as equals in years to come. – Aug 20, 2023