PKR leaders make press statements

Press statement, 20th May, from PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Tun Dr Mahathir’s decision to leave Umno today is indicative of Umno’s worsening crisis, where leaders continue to bicker and fight, while the welfare of ordinary Malaysians are increasingly neglected.

The internal problems of Umno are clearly deteriorating beyond any hope of recovery. Nonetheless, we must avoid being trapped by personal agendas to replace weak leaders with corrupt ones.

In view of the worsening crisis, any and all Malaysians of conscience who are concerned for the continued stability, prosperity or unity of the country are invited to join KeADILan and Pakatan Rakyat and pursue our shared ideals for a better, united Malaysia.

Press statement, 19th May, from PKR secretary-general Datuk Salehuddin Hashim

The internal bickering of the Umno elite has now been engineered to spill over to all levels of the party, causing Umno to lose the focus and credibility necessary to be the leading party of the Barisan Nasional government.

It is strange to see those who purportedly seek to build Malay unity today sow the seeds that will only divide the nation further. Umno has clearly lost all standing to speak convicingly of harmony.

Tun Mahathir’s move is merely his reaction to the government’s decision to investigate all who were involved in the VK Lingam scandal. Malaysians are reminded to be wary and reject any attempt by any narrow minded parties who may seek to threaten the safety of Malaysia by playing on divisive racial sentiments.

Taken from The Malaysian Insider.

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If anything, these two press statements scream “COMMON SENSE”, which is a whole lot more than what I can say for the UMNO people and what they have been saying lately.

They have all been so self-engrossed in their party and its problems that they have forgotten THE most elementary thing, the rakyat. I’ve been saying this so many times lately that I almost feel like broken record. But one can never say this too much. Politicians have an obligation, a reponsibility towards the rakyat.  What UMNO has been doing these few months YEARS(!) were merely syok sendiri.

I was never keen on the party-hopping exercise, and I’m still not keen on it now. But with the government in this critical condition at the moment, can they really be counted on to take care of us and the country for the next 5 years? Can UMNO wake up soon enough?

Will this be a classic case of “things get worse before they get better”? Can Pak Lah and co. really come to their senses in the next..couple of days?

They don’t have a whole lot of time. In fact, I’m quite obliged to think that they lost all their time when they started in-fighting. In Cantonese, we call it “鬼打鬼”, loosely translated as “ghost hit ghost”, basically meaning “orang sendiri pukul orang sendiri”. And who comes up tops? Why, the spectator, of course!

And in this case, this would mean us, the rakyat, and Pakatan Rakyat.



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