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Anwar’s Big Headache March 24, 2009

Posted by malaysianstory in Penang, Storm In Pakatan.
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Speculations are again rife that Anwar Ibrahim will make a second attempt to wheedle Seberang Jaya state assemblyman Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah to join PKR by offering him the Penang Deputy Chief Minister’s 1 post vacated by Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin last week.

Anwar knows that Arif is one unhappy man in Umno as Arif has been constantly suppressed by his Permatang Pauh division chief Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid.

It is believed that PKR state information chief who is also a state executive councillor Abul Malik Kassim, the Batu Uban state assemblyman, may not get the post.

Abul Malik who has been eyeing the post was behind the orchestrating of Fairus’ resignation. Both of them had been involved in backbiting ever since they assumed office after last year’s March 8 general assembly.

Abul Malik was the Tanjung Umno division youth chief in the early 90s. He was operating a travel agency based in Komtar before he joined Anwar.

Fairus has relinquished all his positions in the state government except his state assemblyman post.

A close aide to Penang Chief Minister told me that Fairus may be asked to vacate his Penanti state seat to make way for a new person to contest the seat if Anwar fails to smooth-talk Arif.

The person will subsequently be appointed to replace Fairus as the new Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 if he wins.

But what if PKR fails to defend the seat? I think it is too risky for Anwar to take that chance as he is aware that Prime Minister in-waiting Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is getting momentum in his agenda to reforms and make changes in Umno and the government.

And Barisan Nasional may wrest the seat if it is contested.

Lim is washing his hands over Fairus’ resignation issue and has repeatedly said that it is Anwar’s territory and he should be the one to answer all questions about Fairus.

Anwar is having a big “headache” now to control his own party and men. And he may suffer even a BIGGER HEADACHE to prove his innocent when his sodomy trial begins.



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