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The public will have to decide if the move by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to call for a by-election in the Kajang state seat is acceptable or not.
Ibrahim Suffian of the Merdeka Centre said the move might sit uncomfortably with the voters and it was now up to the opposition coalition to get their message across.
“Pakatan may have a credible reason, but it must make the voters understand the reasons. How PKR explains the decision and how the voters view it is also important.”
Earlier, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said the decision, which has been dubbed the “Kajang Move”, was a way to fortify the coalition in Selangor and form a model state that could act as a launchpad to take over Putrajaya.
In a statement, Rafizi shouldered the “blame” for the decision, saying that he was the strongest proponent of the scheme.
Rafizi offered his apologies to the voters, admitting there was “no excuse” for the party to waste public funds by engineering the by-election, which he later said was in fact triggered by incumbent Lee Chin Cheh’s resignation.
Ibrahim told The Rakyat Post that the people of Selangor viewed Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as a menteri besar with clean hands who had brought development to the state.
“Another problem PKR may face is to convince the voters that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s move to stand in Kajang has nothing to do with the feud between Khalid and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
“This could be an uphill struggle for them as many voters may see it as a move by Anwar to take over as menteri besar due to this conflict,” Ibrahim said.
Political analyst Professor Aruna Gopinath said Anwar had to think carefully before standing in Kajang.
He seconded Ibrahim’s view that the voters in Kajang may see this as a ploy by Anwar to become the menteri besar.
“Before this, Anwar had clearly stated his ambition of wanting to become the prime minister. Being unable to achieve that dream, this could be his fall-back option in the eyes of the voters.”
She said Anwar had always been a Penang man and his decision to stand in Selangor might not go down well with voters.
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