PETALING JAYA: Cracks are starting to show in Pakatan Harapan (PH) with the coalition leaders of two component parties openly attacking each other over the three Johor Amanah assemblymen crossing over to PKR.
Taking a swipe at Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub who expressed regret over its coalition partner accepting the assemblymen into its fold, PKR Youth secretary Syukri Razab said the leader seemed to be confused between comrade and enemy.
“Salahuddin was seen to be so affected when PKR accepted the three ex-Amanah men, so he likened PKR as disrespecting the PH spirit.
“What about Salahuddin himself who is still so close with the group that does not want to be in PH and even openly attacked the PKR president?” he said in a direct reference to his association with Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said Salahuddin was “two-timing” by wanting to be with PKR but at the same time refusing to free himself from the clutches of the former prime minister.
“Salahuddin should do some self-reflection and break away from the attitude of his former party (PAS) which practises double-faced politics,” he said.
Syukri said Salahuddin should instead be thankful that PKR had offered an alternative platform for the three men to remain with PH.
“Does he want PKR to reject the three assemblymen and leave them to freeze in Amanah when their hearts are no longer with the party?”
Mahathir’s faction of Pejuang MPs are not officially a part of PH nor Perikatan Nasional, while the former prime minister has criticised Anwar Ibrahim in recent times.
Syukri claimed that Amanah members were being unsettled by leaders choosing to be friendly with Mahathir while being in PH, adding that this might be why more members have been leaving the party for PKR.
“This might be why they are moving to PKR, which is seen to be clearer and stronger on its principles.”
It was reported yesterday that three Johor Amanah assemblymen had decided to leave the party to join PKR, although communications director Khalid Samad said it would not affect ties within PH or between the two parties.
One of them had been quoted as saying they left the party for PKR as they wanted to be a candidate for a parliamentary seat.
Earlier today, Amanah’s Bukit Bintang division urged the party leadership to review its cooperation with PKR and its position in the coalition, saying the assemblymen’s exit put a strain on the relationship among PH component parties.