February 3, 2014
Kajang Move is to Strengthen PKR and Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor
by Hafiz Yatim@http://www.malaysiakini.com
“Since 1998, Anwar has been in and out of courts and I do not think his move to contest in Kajang is to divert the attention away from then prosecution’s appeal to his sodomy II acquittal as he is already used to being in and outside of courtrooms and has even served jail term.
“The fact is, the people are also aware of other high-profile cases like the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal and other matters that sees the failure of the prosecution (to garner convictions) and government’s handling of them (by not appealing) compared to Anwar’s case,” he told Malaysiakini.
Redzuan said the bigger picture of Anwar’s move to contest in a Selangor state seat is to consolidate Pakatan’s position and to ensure the opposition retains the state in the next general election.
The prosecution’s appeal will be heard on Feb 12 and 13 at the Court of Appeal. Whether Anwar is convicted or acquitted again, legal proceedings will probably go on. Certain quarters like former MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek, have said Anwar’s decision to contest in the Kajang by-election is to divert attention from the sodomy appeal.
The matter was also raised again yesterday in UMNO owned daily Mingguan Malaysia in quoting PERKASA Vice-President Zulkifli Nordin, who was once with PKR.
‘Lacking political acumen’
Redzuan sees Anwar’s immediate objective after winning Kajang is to replace Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim. This, would also help resolve the feud between Khalid and PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali (right), he said.
The Social Science faculty Dean who is an advent political observer, added Khalid lacks the political acumen to counter the threat posed by BN. He also pointed out the seizure of the Al-Kitab bibles, failure to address rising house prices, and the uneven roads and potholes in the state, are problems Khalid have yet to solve despite entering his second term.
Redzuan said there have not been much improvement in race relations following the seizure of the bibles. The economy is also not in good shape following a drop in the prices of rubber and palm oil, and the hike in prices following the withdrawal of subsidies.
PKR party insiders also say that Khalid’s failure to address the water issue in the state is another reason why the party is massing against him.
“I think Anwar sees that Selangor should be a model state for Pakatan and the other states in the country as they view the development in the Klang valley with much interest.If Anwar is successful in solving the issues here, it would reflect well on him,” he said.
“If he manages to make improvements in all these aspects, it would also improve the opposition’s chances in the next polls and pave its way to Putrajaya.Khalid (left) is seen not pro-active in resolving some of these problems as he is not a politician but a corporate leader. Anwar is seen as an international figure who has the top-down approach to reach out the people,” he said.
Redzuan also sees Khalid as being loyal to Anwar, to the point of relinquishing the Selangor MB’s post, as he had announced the opposition leader’s candidacy in a show of solidarity.
However, he said BN may have a tough time if it decides not to contest in this by-election, as it would be deemed weak.
“If it puts up an UMNO candidate, it will receive a backlash as a MCA candidate is traditionally named. But if they put up a candidate from MCA, it may not get the full Chinese support. So BN is seen as truly placed in a corner in this contest,” said Redzuan.