Dissenting In PKR Penang Worsens March 4, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in Penang, Storm In Pakatan.
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The current political storm has not only swept the former ‘Tin Mine’ state of Perak but the tempest is also brewing in Penang.
Dissenting in PKR Penang is reaching its peak following the latest expulsion of Zainal Abidin Saad who was Special Officer to Mohamad Fairus Khairuddin, the beleaguered Penang Deputy chief Minister. Zainal was “fired” by his boss Fairus, on February 9, the seventh officer axed by Fairus since he assumed office about a year ago. Zainal, who is Anwar’s close aide, has sworn that he would take on Fairus in the next general election if Fairus decides to defend his Penanti state seat.
PKR Batu Uban state assemblyman Abdul Malik Kassim has taken over the portfolio of state Islamic Religious Committee chairman from Fairus who was recently dropped from the post. State PKR chairman Zahrain Hashim confirmed this after his meeting with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. The long-standing feud and power struggle between Abdul Malik and Fairus saw the former emerging as winner as Fairus has fallen out of favor not only with his boss Anwar, but also Guan Eng.
Guan Eng has lost for words on how to discipline Fairus as Fairus is not under his purview politically but was chosen by Anwar to warm the Deputy Chief Minister’s seat which was allocated to PKR under the Pakatan-Rakyat power sharing concept.
Guan Eng was also caught with his pants down when Fairus was implicated in a corruption case exposed by PKR’s national exco youth member Amizudin Ahmad who was former Seberang Perai Municipal councillor in his no-holds barred Press conference recently.
Well, it is time for Guan Eng, who has been talking about his CAT (Competency, Accountability and Transparency) philosophy to walk the talk and take action against Fairus. But does Guan Eng have the political will to do so?