Pakatan, needs a new leader, he told a press conference in Georgetown adding that it was time for Anwar to repent because he has created enough trouble.
Karpal Singh said members of PKR and DAP had fallen sway to the rhetoric of Anwar, who had supported the cross-over of elected representatives.
(This is the last thing Anwar needs. Bad for Anwar – definitely not at this juncture. And I wonder if this sentiment is shared by the other Pakatan, especially DAP leaders and what they have to say.)
Karpal to Anwar: Step down as Pakatan head - Malaysiakini
Feb 8, 09 5:54pm
In an outburst that could have deep implications for the Pakatan Rakyat alliance, DAP chairperson Karpal Singh today openly urged Anwar Ibrahim to step down as the leader of the alliance.
He blamed Anwar for the disarray in Pakatan which was caused by the PKR leader's continuous rhetoric of forming government with the aid of defectors from Barisan Nasional.
Karpal also had harsh words for his colleagues in DAP, especially party veteran Lim Kit Siang and party secretary general Lim Guan Eng - for their inconsistent stand on party hopping.
But the brunt of his anger was on Anwar, whom the veteran politician said had caused trouble in the opposition alliance.
Karpal did not mince his words when he said that Pakatan needed a new leader.
"He (Anwar) has created enough trouble and it is time for him to bertaubat (repent).
"It's time Pakatan got itself another leader," he said in an amazing attack which will surely be picked up by BN leaders to portray the Pakatan alliance as a loose one waiting to collapse.
Karpal's biggest complain was Anwar' support for defections of elected representatives.The Pakatan alliance took shape after the big victory enjoyed by PKR, PAS and DAP in the last general election. Together they took over four states, retained Kelantan and denied two-thirds majority for BN in Parliament.
After that Anwar had claimed that he had enough defectors from BN to form the federal government. However despite his repeated assurances, the takeover never materialise.
Then on Jan 25, PKR accepted an Umno state representative in Perak, with Anwar beaming in delight that this was to be followed by more defections.
However the tables were turned on Anwar and Pakatan when two Perak PKR state representatives and one DAP ssemblyperson left their parties to become independents. Even the defected Umno man returned to his party.
As a result Pakatan lost control of the state government, allowing BN to take over. - Continue here ...
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