Posted: 04 Jun 2013 12:05 PM PDT
This is the second of a three-part article giving reasons for Pakatan Rakyat's defeat from the viewpoint of grassroots activists.
(FMT) - PKR could have won more seats in the 13th general election if party boss Anwar Ibrahim had paid more attention to infighting in the various states, according to insiders.
"He seems not to have learnt from the error of his ways. He's thinking of nothing else but Putrajaya.
"We're not going to win more seats in the next election if the internal problems are not resolved and Anwar can dream on about becoming prime minister."
Another insider said the Black 505 rallies were Anwar's way of diverting attention from his blunder of fielding cronies as candidates in the recent election.
"He fielded his cronies or candidates recommended by his cronies, knowing full well that many of these choices were against the wishes of division leaders.
"The defeats in Kulim Bandar Baru, Bagan Serai, Pasir Salak, Taiping and Hulu Selangor were classic cases of candidates losing due to lack of support by division members."
According to the central committee member, Anwar failed to realise that party members were no longer as obedient to the top leadership as they were 10 years ago.
"Times have changed," he said. "There's now more political maturity even among ordinary members.
"When I told a certain division to campaign for a parachute candidate, the members shot back, saying they were not idiots. They said they did not to do the bidding of people talk of democracy every day but choose to run the party in a dictatorial manner.
"They bluntly told me that if Anwar, Azmin Ali and the state PKR chief did not know how to respect the division, then they saw no reason to respect their decisions."
Most of the members of that particular division eventually decided to campaign for PKR and PAS candidates in neighbouring constituencies.
"They didn't sabotage the party itself," said the insider. "If their intention was that, they would not have supported the PAS candidate and the other PKR candidate.
"What they did was a sign of protest against the PKR leadership. They wanted those leaders to give more respect to the wishes of the grassroots.
"The days of party members nodding to every decision of the top leaders are gone. They may not rebel openly, but they will carry out this kind of silent protest if the leadership does not practice true democracy."
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