KUALA LUMPUR: The reason for the forced by-election in Kajang was for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to “play the hero” to hide the internal problems faced by the state government in Selangor, said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
“It is manufactured theatre to create a situation to deflect attention from their internal problems,” he told reporters at the Perak Strategic Leadership retreat here yesterday.
Dr Zambry was asked to comment on the March 23 Kajang by-election following the resignation of incumbent Lee Chin Cheh on Jan 27 to make way for Anwar.
He said the internal problems faced by the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor were similar to those faced by the Opposition pact when they formed the Perak state government after the 2008 general election.
He said that in Selangor, however, Pakatan had adopted a different strategy to draw attention away from its shortcomings.
“In Perak, they tried to get Barisan (Nasional)-elected representatives to join them to strengthen their weakened state government owing to internal problems.
“Now, they vacate the Kajang seat to make way for a by-election for Anwar to be the new political maestro,” said Dr Zambry.
The Perak constitutional crisis concerned the legitimacy of the state government when the Pakatan administration collapsed after three of its legislators defected.
After a year-long court battle, the Federal Court confirmed in February 2010 that Barisan was the legitimate state government and Dr Zambry was the lawful Mentri Besar.
“Everyone says the (Perak) crisis was due to a power grab by Barisan, but it was the then Pakatan state government that initially enticed Barisan assemblymen to cross over.
“However, its plan backfired when three of its elected representatives left Pakatan instead,” said Dr Zambry.
He alleged that Pakatan members, particularly Anwar, were once again trying to entice Barisan to their political ploy to hide their own internal problems in Selangor.
“He (Anwar) is playing the hero in his own theatre.
“I don’t want to be part of their games and I am confident Barisan will also not become part of their games,” added Dr Zambry.