Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kenapa Anwar bertanding di Kajang?.. Ini penjelasan dari Pengarah Strategi PKR..


Rentetan dari pengumuman TS Khalid Ibrahim yang menamakan DS Anwar Ibrahim sebagai calon bagi PRK DUN Kajang semalam ekoran dari perletakan jawatan ADUN sedia ada, boleh dikatakan kebanyakkan rakyat memperikaikan tindakan itu.

Manakala yang menyokong membabi buta tindakan drastik Khalid Ibrahim menamakan Anwar itu boleh dikatakan hanya individu-individu yang mencari makan dengan menggunakan PKR.

Contohnya ialah Ahli Majlis, Ketua WHIP, ADUN-ADUN, Ahli Parlimen, dan berbagai lagi jawatan yang dipegang mereka kerana PKR.

Ahli-ahli PKR yang langsung tidak punya kepentingan dalam PKR dalam lain ayat bukan mencari makan dalam PKR majoriti mempertikaikan tindakan yang dianggap buang duit dan buang masa itu.

Malahan tindakan TS Khalid melakukan pengumuman itu adalah bercanggah dengan apa yang telah diluluskan dalam Konvensyen Khas PKR baru-baru ini.

Dan ada yang mengatakan "Depa dah buat PKR ni macam mak bapak depa yang punya.. apa nak buat ikut suka depa saja.."

Anwar bagaimanapun menjelaskan melalui Twitter miliknya "Politik sama macam peperangan, Tak semua strategi boleh didedahkan, yang penting kena patuh pada strategi pemimpin".


Itu penjelasan Anwar yang tak mendedahkan apa sebabnya.. berikut pula adalah penjelasan Pengarah Strategi PKR sendiri mengenai perkara ini...

Menurutnya Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai calon adalah langkah menghadapi plot menyingkirkan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dari dalam Umno oleh kem Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Pengarah Strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli, berkata usaha untuk menyingkirkan Najib mula dijalankan kem bekas perdana menteri itu yang juga merupakan musuh utama kepada Anwar dalam kes pemecatan bekas timbalan perdana menteri itu pada 1998.

"Sudah menjadi rahsia terbuka langkah untuk menyingkirkan Najib kini bermula.

"Sebagai seorang anggota strategi parti, saya tidak boleh menolak kemungkinan Najib disingkir dan Umno jatuh kepada kem ultra Dr Mahathir," katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Rafizi membayangkan perkara lebih buruk berlaku sebaik usaha tersebut berjaya kerana usaha untuk merampas negeri Selangor akan dilakukan sedaya upaya sebaik sahaja Najib tersingkir.

"Serangan dan rancangan tidak bermoral untuk sedaya upaya merampas Selangor akan bermula selepas Najib yang lemah disingkirkan," katanya.

Ahli Parlimen Pandan itu berkata, kontroversi agama dan perkauman yang dimainkan oleh Umno dan sekutu mereka sejak kebelakangan ini adalah isyarat jelas bahawa perkara di luar jangkaan mungkin berlaku.

"Jika Najib jatuh, diramalkan isu manipulasi perkauman dan agama akan dicipta untuk mewujudkan ketidakpercayaan dan kekecewaan kepada kerajaan negeri Selangor," katanya.

Rafizi berkata, langkah meletakkan Anwar bertanding di Kajang juga adalah sebagai batu loncatan kepada Pakatan Rakyat (PR) dalam usaha merampas pentadbiran Putrajaya daripada Barisan Nasional (BN).

"Istanbul menjadi batu loncatan kepada Erdogan dan Jakarta kepada Jokowi, Selangor boleh menjadi batu loncatan kepada Pakatan untuk merampas Putrajaya," katanya.

Sementara itu, katanya, PR memerlukan pemimpin tertinggi dan berkemampuan untuk mempertahankan Selangor daripada dirampas BN kerana negeri tersebut dianggap mutiara kepada mana-mana parti politik di Malaysia.

"Kita perlukan sebanyak mungkin pemimpin tertinggi di Selangor untuk mempertahankannya kerana ia merupakan mutiara kepada mana-mana gabungan parti politik di dalam negara," katanya.

Rafizi berkata, tidak mustahil suatu hari nanti kontroversi PKR di Kajang akan mengubah rentak strategi menuju ke Putrajaya.

"Kita boleh imbau ketika saat sukar yang akan dikenang sebagai 'Langkah Kajang' sebagai penentu dalam usaha menawan Putrajaya,” katanya.

Rafizi turut meminta maaf kepada pengundi Kajang kerana terpaksa berdepan satu lagi pilihan raya dan menegaskan PKR sedia menerima akibat sekiranya pengundi menghukum mereka.

Sepenuhnya.. bacalah..


... I am aware that there is a lot of explanation that has to be made on the decision to vacate the Kajang seat to force a by-election. 
I am also acutely aware of Dato’ Ambiga’s advice communicated personally to me that we have to be as honest as possible with the people. 
Apology to the public 
So let me begin by offering the sincerest apology to the Malaysian public especially the voters of Kajang. 
The by-election will certainly consume public money and public space at the time when the people have to go through economic hardship. 
There is no excuse for wasting public money except to offer my sincerest apology and for the party to be prepared if the voters of Kajang decide to punish us. 
In all honesty, as the strongest proponent of the scheme I bear most responsibility for the decision.

Dynamics in Umno, racial and religious controversies 

Yet precisely because we are honest to ourselves and the people, we have to acknowledge that there are problems and challenges that we are facing in Selangor that require intervention. 
While Khalid Ibrahim’s administration has shown sterling performance over the last 6 years that endears him to the public, there are rooms for improvement in many areas especially given the latest dynamics in Umno. 
It is an open secret that the move to remove Najib Razak has begun. As a party strategist, I cannot rule out the possibility that Najib is removed and Umno falls to the ultras led by Mahathir Mohamad’s faction. 
The unscrupulous attack and schemes to take Selangor by hook or by crook will begin the moment the weak Najib is removed. Even as we speak, Umno’s cards are all too obvious in the latest round of racial and religious controversies stirred up in Selangor in the last few months. 
Should Najib fall, expect a full blown manipulation of racial and religious issues to create mistrust and frustration with the Selangor government. 
Model state as a launchpad for Putrajaya 

While Khalid Ibrahim’s administration has set a gold standard in integrity and prudence in managing public funds, we also have to admit there are also other areas that we can improve. 
We need radical approach to solving the traffic woes, the pace of affordable public housing has to pick up. There is a need for more rigorous forward planning of water resources in Selangor and some hard decisions have to be made soon. We have to vigorously protect the rights of the minorities who are the targets of Umno’s political game. 
As an MP, I certainly believe we can do better especially with regards to cleanliness and livelihood of the people. We have the potential to be a model state with least potholes in densely populated areas. 
In other words, Selangor has to be doubly better than what it is today if it were to become a showcase for Pakatan in its quest for Putrajaya. Just as Istanbul was a launchpad for Erdogan and Jakarta is a launchpad for Jokowi, Selangor can be a great launchpad for Pakatan to take over Putrajaya. 
Fortification of Pakatan in Selangor 

The job is not done and we are about to face another round of onslaught from Umno.
Therefore, while it is certainly inexcusable to spend public fund unnecessarily in a by-election, it is an even bigger dereliction of public duty if we do not do anything, knowing that this round is going to be tougher. 
What PKR and Pakatan Selangor need is a fortification so that we can expedite reforms and simultaneously fend off political attacks and manouvres from Umno. We need as many of our top leaders around Selangor to defend Selangor because it remains the crown jewel of any political coalition in the country. 
Hence the decision to field Anwar Ibrahim for a state seat as this provides an option that we can readily exercise should the need arise. 
Does this mean there will be a change of stewardship of Selangor government? Maybe yes, maybe no. But we do have the option to optimize our leadership potential if Umno stirs up more trouble. 
Option is key. Having the option means having the flexibility of manouvres that can easily frustrate Umno’s game in Selangor especially with regards to racial and religious controversies. 
Avoid the Kedah experience 
At the end of the day, I know no amount of explanation can sooth the public anger. I only appeal for time to let the rationale sink in and space for us to do the necessary. 
I also have to apologise on behalf of my party for the differences we have among ourselves that are seen as factional and often frustrates the public. 
Yet we trying our best to resolve it now for the sake of Malaysians, because not doing it now will certainly condemn us to the same experience of Pakatan in Kedah. We learn the lesson bitterly that differences must be managed early because the party always has to be whole to face Umno. 
The game-changing Kajang Move 
Good political leaders will never be popular. It pains me that we have to drag Anwar Ibrahim through this and subject him to public anger, yet his willingness to be a part of the bigger picture is the mark of the man. 
Throughout the last few days, I reassured myself that it was Churchill who chose to be unpopular and remained a minority voice of alarm against the advancing Nazis till the end despite a public popularity to appease the Nazis. An the height of Nazi’s power, Churchill stood alone when every one else in Europe bowed to Hitler. 
The conviction of doing the right thing, in the face of extreme criticism and public anger, remains a yardstick of what an honest leadership is. 
I thank the top leadership of Pakatan who understand the necessity of doing this. I thank my comrades in the second leadership line up of Pakatan who have given the moral and political support for us to proceed. 
I hope that one day when we are in Putrajaya, we can look back to the difficult days of what will be called the “Kajang Move” as the game changer in our quest for Putrajaya. I honestly hope that it will our defining moments that allow us one step closer to Putrajaya.
I maybe na├»ve and ridiculed for my naivette, but that’s as honest as I can be. 
Let’s look ahead for a stronger Pakatan in Selangor posed to take over Putrajaya in the next election and don’t look back.

Rafizi RamliDirector of Strategies
Parti Keadilan Rakyat

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