Chinese daily lists Anwar's 'seven costly mistakes'
KUALA LUMPUR: Amid swirling speculation over the leadership of Pakatan Rakyat, a detailed analysis in a prominent Chinese newspaper on Thursday outlined "seven costly mistakes made by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim".
The article concluded that Anwar was "not truly qualified" to lead the political grouping.
In an assessment on Anwar's performance over the past two years, the article said Anwar did not produce a counter-strategy to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's reform blueprint.
This ranges from the 1Malaysia concept, the Key Performance Indicators, National Key Result Areas, Government Transformation Plan and Economic Transformation Programme.
"He (Anwar) has not responded at all so far, but just let swing voters be gradually lured by BN," the article said.
Secondly, the article contended that Anwar had allowed Pakatan's morale to sink.
"Although Pakatan won eight of the 13 by-elections, it has been defeated in the recent ones, except in Sibu because of Chinese votes.
"Pakatan has been facing both internal and external problems and its members have lost their high morale of the 2008 general election. Anwar has not come out with new strategies to boost morale."
The article further argued that Anwar had apparently taken the people's support for the opposition in the march 2008 general election for granted and did not fulfil his election commitments.
"Fourthly, Pakatan is still a loose organisation and there is no effort to consolidate and strengthen the coalition.
"Compared with the BN, Pakatan lacks an effective structure and organisation and its discipline is in a mess.
"Pakatan is also facing contradictions and conflicts in terms of political ideology and has failed to introduce new policies."
"Fifthly, there is no political resource integration. Anwar should apply his administrative experience as the deputy prime minister in integrating the resources of the four Pakatan state governments and introducing a plan to stimulate economy in the four states.
"Sixth, Anwar seems helpless to quell the PKR infighting. Internal problems of PKR had been started since the 2008 general election, including choosing inappropriate election candidates and resolving problems by creating by-election through resignations.
"The people will not be cheated again and again.
"The withdrawal of Perak state assembly members from the party has caused the collapse of the Pakatan government in Perak.
"A few MPs and state assembly members have also quit the party after that. Anwar claimed it as a plot by Umno, but he has never seriously put any effort in resolving the factional, personnel and power struggle problems in the party.
"Finally, Anwar lacks the ability to lead and judge: A leader should be responsible, fair and unbiased. Anwar's stand in the party election is ambiguous.
"For the direct election mechanism, even outsiders have expected problems, but why did experienced leaders like Anwar fail to anticipate them?"
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