Anwar not surprised by resignations
Tue, Mar 02, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

PUTRAJAYA: PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not surprised by the resignations of party members including Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng and former Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.

"Was it a surprise? Is there a major coup?" he asked when commenting on Fairus' resignation at the Palace of Justice here yesterday.

The Opposition Leader said he had asked the "poorly performing Fairus" to resign a year ago, adding: "We needed a more competent Malay leader in Penang to work with (Chief Minister) Lim Guan Eng."

"As for Tan, we all know his statements regarding Lim. We decided to adhere to the spirit of the Pakatan Rakyat and work with the Penang government under Lim's leadership," said Anwar, adding that he has no reason to question Lim's personal integrity.

On former PKR secretary-general Datuk Salehuddin Hashim, Anwar said he wanted to resign last year but was told to wait.

Asked whether he expected more defections, Anwar said "no".

"Those who quit played the Malay and Islamic card.

"They say they want to save the Malays and Islam and so they left. I don't know what (reason) Tan will use," he said.

Anwar said there was no reason to dissolve PKR or the Pakatan just because the component parties could not agree on a few issues.

PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali said Fairus had been nothing but a liability to the party and Pakatan Rakyat.

"Since he first joined the Penang government and until his departure from PKR, he has always been a liability," Dr Syed Husin said in a statement yesterday.

In George Town, PKR vice-president Azmin Ali denied there was a rift among its leaders and instead accused Umno of having problems.

He said the Barisan was trying to undermine the PKR and Pakatan through various tactics including using the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to harass their leaders.

In Shah Alam, Selangor PKR liaison chief Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said Fairus' decision to leave was due to differences which were expected.

"The PKR was created from a number of groups fighting for justice and we don't have a long political history; it is still evolving.

"It is good for Fairus to continue his struggle in Umno and to push forward his political career," he said after launching the state-level "MyConstitution" Campaign organised by the Bar Council at the State Secretariat Building.

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