TTF: Even in the presence of Prime Minister hopeful Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, PPBM members heckled a press conference held by Pakatan Harapan president, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (see news item below). The best part is, both the party and coalition are led by none other than Mukhriz’s own father, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Back in August 2017 when the “Nothing to Hide 2.0” forum descended into chaos, organisers from PPBM’s youth wing conveniently accused outsiders of staging the ruckus. This time, however, there is no question that the majority of Negeri Sembilan members were dissatisfied with the party leadership and couldn’t be bothered that the son of Mahathir was on stage.
So tell me, how can the former premier hope to ‘save’ Malaysia when he can’t even command the respect of the majority from his own party? Are we seeing a preview of what Parliament will look like should Pakatan win the 14th general election (GE14)? If so, I thank God that Mohamad Sabu did not hurl the mike towards cameramen and reporters the minute Wan Azizah finished her statement.
Forums, conventions, press conferences, elections – things always turn awry whenever it has to do with Pakatan Harapan component parties.
Back in 2014, PKR was marred with allegations of electoral fraud, blackouts, phantom voters and acts of violence during the party’s divisional elections. So messy were polls, one wondered why Dato’ Ambiga Sreneevasan refused to comment despite being a proponent of “fair and clean elections.” The bitter episode made plain the fact that Bersih was in cahoots with PKR and not as independent as it portrayed itself to be.
And talk about the DAP, whose CEC election and re-elections were so tainted, it begs the question if Malaysia would ever see a fair and clean election should people like Lim Guan Eng, Tony Pua or even Lieu Chin Tong start holding government posts. When considered together with the motley crew of political misfits from PKR and PPBM, we’re talking electoral violence and even the possibility of bloodshed should Mahathir and gang be given the opportunity to play pucks with the rakyat to maintain their grip of power.
SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan’s Pakatan Harapan convention ended in chaos earlier today as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) grassroot members were dissatisfied with the state seats allocation distributed by the top leadership.
More than 50 PPBM members shouted “this is not fair!” several times from the back of the hall as soon as Pakatan Harapan president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail finished her speech.
PPBM chairman Tun Mahathir Mohamad did not attend the convention which was held for the second time.
The disgruntled group also heckled the press conference held later by Wan Azizah as well as the opposition pact’s vice president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, deputy president Mohamad Sabu, deputy president Lim Guan Eng as well as other opposition state leaders.
Earlier, Pakatan Harapan’s secretary general Datuk Saiffuddin Abdullah announced the 35 state seat allocation for Negri, of which 12 seats were allocated to PKR, DAP (11), Parti Amanah Negara (7) and PPBM (6).
For the parliamentary seats, each party were allocated with two seats.
Meanwhile, state PPBM youth chief Mohd Shahrul Anuar Abu Samah said eight state divisions of the party were not satisfied with the seat allocation as it was distributed without prior notice, discussion, consultations and without the knowledge of the state PPBM.
He said the state PPBM expected at least 10 seat allocations and furthermore the allocated six seats were all in constituencies which will be tough for PPBM to win.
“All the seats which are in Palong, Seri Menanti, Chembong, Gemencheh, Pertang and Bagan Pinang are black areas and not wanted by the other parties.
“PPBM Negri Sembilan is a victim of circumstance and we are made to become guinea pigs by the other coalition members,” said Shahrul.
“We will hold discussions and will plead to the top leadership to revise the seat distribution as I do not see PPBM winning in these seats,” said Mohd Shahrul.
He added based on a recent survey, PPBM is confident that it has a bright chance to win if the party was given the seats in Labu, Chembong, Paroi, Linggi, Pilah, Jempol, Jeram Padang, Seri Menanti, Palong and Gemas.
To alleviate the situation, Mukhriz was later seen meeting the group to appease the situation and he told them that the decision was final.
Source: NST Online