PENANG, 8 Feb 2009: DAP national chairperson Karpal Singh has described Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor and de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as unfit to be party leader for promoting a culture of party hopping.
Karpal, who is also Member of Parliament (MP) for Bukit Gelugor, also hit out at the Opposition Leader saying, “Anwar Ibrahim must repent for his action, and Pakatan Rakyat should look for a new leader and not one that promotes party hopping.”
He was speaking to reporters today, following a police report lodged by Umno Youth over his move to sue the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, who had consented to the formation of a new Perak state government under the Barisan Nasional (BN).
Karpal also stressed that Anwar should answer a lot of questions pertaining to the current turmoil in Pakatan Rakyat.
Karpal’s remarks came in the wake of the Pakatan Rakyat losing the Perak government to the BN on Friday.
He also expressed his disappointment with a number of PKR and DAP leaders who supported the idea of party hopping.
Karpal said DAP leaders should instead give their support to him as the party’s national chairperson, and not to Anwar.
“I regret that I am not able to get support even from my party leaders. Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng should support me, not give statements supporting Anwar Ibrahim.
“I request support….I am the chairman of DAP. And I warn my party leaders not to push me too far. I have been patient all this while. Don’t make matters come to a head in the interest of Pakatan Rakyat and DAP,” he said.
Karpal said Pakatan Rakyat should ensure that it remained strong and received the people’s full support in the next general election to take over the government from BN.
“Don’t take for granted the trust given by the people. The mandate to form a government should come from the people,” he added.
In an immediate response, the Penang PKR liaison committee took Karpal to task for his remarks.
Its chairperson Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim reminded Karpal that if not for Anwar, the Pakatan Rakyat coalition would not exist today.
“The remarks by Karpal Singh about Anwar are baseless,” he said when contacted. — Bernama