Fireworks expected at PKR retreat, Mahathir to attend (documents inside)

According to a source, Mahathir told Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali to stay clear of the meeting. Source (pic): TTF

A PKR retreat to be held in Port Dickson tonight will be attended by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is rumoured to have told Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali to “stay home.”

Mahathir is said to hold the trump card in what has evolved into a triangular play of power and perception involving him, Anwar and Azmin.

Anwar miscalculated his command in PKR when hinting at Azmin to resign.

The hint drew untold backlash when a sizeable number of PKR Members of Parliament (MPs) expressed dissatisfaction through a joint statement signed by 28 party leaders.

One MP who spoke to TTF claimed his comrades became “completely disillusioned” with Anwar and are no longer convinced that he will honour his promises to them once he becomes Prime Minister.


KUALA LUMPUR: A report by the New Straits Times Online today revealed that six PKR state chairmen pledged full support for party president Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a joint statement read during a press conference.

According to the report, the six are Kedah PKR chairman Datuk Johari Abdul, Amran Kamarudin (Perlis), Azan Ismail (Terengganu), Zahir Hassan (Federal Territory) , Halim Bachik (Melaka) and Datuk Seri Mohamad Supardi Md Noor (Kelantan).

A copy of the statement (furnished below) shows clearly the names of eight other state chairmen who have yet to sign the pledge.


They are Amirudin Shaari (Selangor), Fuziah Salleh (Pahang), Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak (Perak), Muhammad Bakthiar (Pulau Pinang), Hassan Abdul Karim (Johor), Baru Bian (Sarawak), Amiruddin Harun (Negeri Sembilan) and Dato’ Christina Liew Chin Jin (Sabah).

Apart from Farhash, who is as yet under police custody, the remaining chairmen preferred to wait for the outcome of a PKR retreat that is set to be held tonight in Port Dickson.

According to a source, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who will be attending the retreat, told Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali to stay clear of the event.

True or not, Mahathir most definitely holds the trump card in what has evolved into a triangular play of power and perception involving him, Anwar and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

On Thursday, TTF posted:

Yesterday, Anwar told reporters that Azmin needed to resign should investigations reveal that he is indeed the man in the video along with Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz.

This drew a bitchy response from Azmin, who told newsmen that Anwar needed “to look at the man in the mirror.”

The exchange marked the first time ever two top PKR leaders engaged in a public spat over an issue that is likely common to both of them – homosexuality.

The exchange also meant team Anwar and team Azmin, already split on account to Azmin’s loyalty towards Mahathir, are officially at war.

This is set to pose a huge problem for PKR, as close to half of the party’s most strategic assets are currently being controlled by Azmin through beneficial associations involving several Members of Parliament (MPs).

This includes the hundreds of millions that a Chinese tycoon handed over to Anwar which Anwar then passed on to Azmin for purposes of investment through Selangor’s Menteri Besar Incorporated and Darul Ehsan Investment Group.

The back and forth between Azmin and Anwar reached an unprecedented high today when Azmin’s personal advisor openly told Anwar that the time was about ripe for him to retire from politics for good.

The advisor, Khalid Jaafar, reminded the PKR bigwig that it was “dangerous to live in a glass house and throw stones at imaginary targets.”

“In the run-up to GE14, he was portrayed as the seventh prime minister. After GE14, Anwar is certain to be the eighth prime minister as there is apparently an agreement. Only an inch from the prime minister’s seat.

“Only an inch left but Anwar is impatient. He worries someone else will overtake him. He throws a stone at his rival. He does not realise he lives in a glass house,” Khalid wrote on his Facebook page yesterday.

“At an advanced age, the return journey is long. It’s best Anwar Ibrahim retires from politics,” he added.

Anwar miscalculated his command in PKR when hinting at Azmin to resign.

The hint drew untold backlash when a sizeable number of PKR Members of Parliament (MPs) expressed dissatisfaction through a joint statement signed by 28 party leaders.

One MP who spoke to TTF claimed that his comrades became “completely disillusioned” with Anwar and are no longer convinced that he will honour his promises to them once he becomes Prime Minister.

“If he can do this to Azmin, his most trusted partner, he can do this to anybody.

“When he was accused of sodomy twice, we all stood by him. Even when the courts found him guilty, everyone denied he was guilty. Even Azmin.

“Now (he does this)…where is his sense of appreciation to us,” said one of the MPs who did not wish to be named.

Anwar’s days are numbered, as Mahathir is likely to strike anytime soon irrespective the outcome of today’s retreat.

THE THIRD FORCE

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