KOTA KINABALU: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's yearning to become prime minister is the reason for the Pakatan Harapan government's collapse in 2020, says Parti Warisan information chief Khairuddin Daud.
He said "Cita-cita Anwar" (Anwar's ambition) fuelled the internal turmoil that saw the coalition's 22-month-old government coming apart at the seams.
The latest statement by Warisan against PKR comes amid an ongoing war of words between the two former allies.
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Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal told a crowd in Sandakan last week that there was no point supporting national parties like DAP and PKR as their leaders failed to deliver the promised Sabah rights when Pakatan was in power.
It triggered strong reactions against Warisan from both DAP and PKR who accused Warisan of splitting votes.
On Sunday (Oct 2), PKR deputy information chief Razeef Rakimin accused Shafie of panicking and deflecting his failure as chief minister from 2018 to 2020 towards Pakatan.
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Khairuddin said on Monday (Oct 3) that everyone in PKR including Razeef knew very well that Pakatan's failure to hold on to Putrajaya was because of internal turmoil.
"Razeef (must be) aware that Anwar's ambitions to be PM (prevented) Pakatan from continuing to administer the country.
"PKR was focusing on getting Anwar to replace Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"This caused Pakatan to lose focus in implementing its election manifesto. Razeef himself was one of the most vocal at that time because Anwar had not become PM yet," he said.
In the end, Khaiuruddin said, Pakatan became unstable and after its collapse at federal level, some state governments fell, including Sabah.
"A lesson learned is that the internal politics of national parties affected Sabah directly," Khairuddin said.
He added that this was among the main reasons Sabahans should support local parties.
PKR also should accept the fact that it has not been well received in Sabah despite a presence of over two decades, he said.
"Even in the September 2020 snap state elections, PKR under its own symbol won only two out of seven seats compared to DAP, contesting under Warisan Plus, which won more seats. (DAP won six out of the six seats it contested.)
"And yet Razeef has come out so fiercely against Warisan in the name of Pakatan Harapan, even though PKR is clearly rejected by the people of Sabah," Khairuddin said.
He said Razeef also probably forgot that Warisan drew more of the popular vote in the 2020 election than Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional.