Sunday, September 25, 2016

Party Hopper - PKR MP Darell Leiking should resign? How many members have PKR lost?

PKR has lost a Member of Parliament, and in my opinion Darell Leiking should honorably resign as people voted him in as their Member of Parliament most possibly because he was a PKR member - a member of Pakatan Rakyat (PAS-DAP-PKR) coalition.

Why did he quit PKR? Presumably to join an ex-UMNO-BN leader to form some new, now he is of 'like mind' with a just out 'UMNO-BN' person. Well, when it comes to principles, values and positions, things do not change so fast...

Betrayal of his constituents is hard to stomach. Did he consult his constituents before he made this move? 

Conclusion - PKR is losing members...and now a Member of Parliament, also a PKR Vice President? How many more members will PKR lose to these new ex-UMNO-BN member/s parties.

Is this also an indication that these new parties like BERSATU formed by recently ousted UMNO-BN members will not be able to pull their previous supporters in UMNO-BN to leave UMNO-BN and join them in this new political parties...we have not heard of any mass exodus of UMNO members - rather news of just a few veterans jumping to these new parties.

PKR was essentially also a party made up of ex-UMNO-BN members - and, most likely PKR will be most impacted by a large loss of members across the country...If these new BERSATU and the party being formed by Shafie Apdal will not draw BN party members to abandon their BN parties and join these new parties...then, these new parties will only depend on the already existing anti-UMNO BN voters. 

So, even if they are left out of the Opposition coalition - it will not affect the votes of the Opposition pact. 

In fact, leaving BERSATU and Shafie Apdal's new party out of the Opposition pact makes good sense. A 3-corner fight will and should merely split the UMNO-BN vote, if these ex-UMNO-BN really had true support within UMNO and BN members and supporters...?

PKR-DAP-PAS were 'selfish' and had earlier been opposed to the idea of including more political parties into its Opposition Coalition. There are are many Opposition parties that are against the UMNO-BN Coalition, and ideally all such parties should have been absorbed into an Opposition electoral pact - and maybe even an Opposition Coalition. It still can be done...

Out there we have Parti Rakyat Malaysia(PRM), Parti Sosialis Malaysia(PSM), KITA, State Reform Party(STAR), Sarawak Workers Party, Sabah Progressive Party, Human Rights Party, SUPP, etc...bringing all these parties together and developing a common ideology, policy, principles is a good idea. At the very least, an effort should be made...

Odd that PKR and the Opposition is not making so little comment about the fact that PKR lost a Member of Parliament... I wonder why? It is a big deal...


Penampang MP Darell Leiking quits PKR

FMT Reporters
 | September 22, 2016 
Penampang lawmaker stresses that decision to step down has nothing to do with party or president.


PETALING JAYA: Darell Leiking has resigned from PKR.

In a letter sighted by FMT, the Penampang lawmaker – who is also a PKR vice- president – resigned on Sept 21.

In the letter addressed to PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Leiking stressed that his decision to quit the party had nothing to do with PKR or Wan Azizah.

“In fact, as much as there are reasons for me to continue and to stand shoulder to shoulder with you and all our colleagues in Keadlian so as to fight and eventually defeat the Barisan Nasional regime led by Umno, there are also as many reasons for me to consider participating in the same political cause as I had embraced in Keadilan for Sabah thru (sic) a state based political platform to fight against the evil BN regime,” the letter read.

When contacted, Leiking confimed his resignation and said that Wan Azizah was aware of it. Leiking also revealed that Wan Azizah respected his decision.
“What is important is that we all share the same views on bringing a new landscape for Sabah and the Federation.”
News of his resignation comes in the wake of his appearance alongside former Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal at the office of the Registrar of Societies (ROS) in Putrajaya, where the latter is believed to have submitted documents to take over a Sabah-based political party.

Leiking is a first-term Member of Parliament. He won the Penampang seat after defeating Upko President Bernard Dompok in the 13th General Election.

Following the MP’s resignation from PKR, rumours are rife in Kota Kinabalu, that PKR’s Moyog assemblyman Terence Siambun will also be resigning and joining Darell.

When contacted, Terence told FMT that he was aware of the rumours, but he did not give an indication as to whether the rumours were true or not, only saying “No comment”. - FMT News, 22/9/2016

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