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'Half my soul is dead': PKR MP speaks his mind after Anwar 'trades principles for power' in Cabinet line-up

Publish date: Mon, 05 Dec 2022, 12:10 PM

Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Karim has urged Anwar Ibrahim to stick to his principles, in the first public sign of friction among newly elected Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs over the prime minister's failure to fulfil his pledge not to include scandal-tainted leaders in his Cabinet.

Hassan, in a poem, recalled how Anwar had constantly assured voters that he would not "trade principles for power".

Hassan said armed with the full conviction of this assurance, he had spread the message "to every corner of this beloved land", urging people to support the call of reformasi.

"Yesterday I could still hear, you said we would not trade principles for power, so I believed," he wrote.

Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Karim. Photo: Bernama
Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Karim. Photo: Bernama

"But today, I am surprised by completely foreign phrases. I hear people talking about Machiavellianism and realpolitik."

Hassan said his stand could be interpreted as "naive", adding that he had now awakened from a "bad dream".

He said he felt ashamed that he decided to lock away pamphlets and texts of speeches of the past quarter of a century, in which he had promoted the call for reformasi, referring to Anwar's political battle cry in his two-decade fight against the Umno-led government.

"Now I'm ashamed of myself, I am ashamed to say those sacred words again," he added. 

"Half of my soul is dead, I feel defeat in a victory such as this that is bereft of integrity." 

He also urged Anwar to be truthful and forthright both "inside and outside".

Last Friday, Anwar announced Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as his deputy prime minister, despite the Umno president facing 47 corruption charges involving millions of ringgit.

The appointment also came despite Anwar's repeated pledge during the general election campaign that his government would not include scandal-tainted politicians.

The move sparked public outrage, with some PH politicians forced to defend the decision to include Zahid as necessary in order for Anwar to stay in power.

Zahid, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, was instrumental in getting his coalition to support Anwar en bloc, despite strong objection from his MPs as well as senior Umno leaders to the move to ignore a resolution at the party's assembly last year against forging any alliance with Anwar or DAP.

Prior to the Cabinet announcement, Hassan was among several MPs including newly appointed minister Nik Nazmi Nik Amad who had cautioned Anwar against appointing those embroiled in ongoing court cases.

In a Facebook post last week, he said he had campaigned based on PH's main policy on the fight against corruption, and urged Anwar to "form a Cabinet that is clean from the symptoms of corruption and breach of trust"

"This criteria should be used fairly for all MPs, whether from PH or BN, or from any other coalition parties in the unity government." 

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Just too shallow human behavior

The British joined the communist to fight a common enemy during the Japanese Occupation

Lee Kuan Yew rode the communist tiger to fight against the British for independence without being swallowed by communism

So Anwar got to do what he should for times like these

2022-12-07 08:03


Pragmatic override idealist ...DSAI did the right thing to stop taliban

2022-12-07 09:41


Taliban virus is more lethal than COVID virus

2022-12-07 09:44


Talk is easy but the reality is PH can't formed a government and if DSAI and Anthony Loke did not act fast enough then today you have Moo as PM and Hadi as DPM by then Bursa already drop below 1,200 points.

2022-12-07 12:10


Post removed.Why?

2022-12-07 12:12


Anwar PM10 so what? Stock market, RM down again.

2022-12-07 12:30


Perhaps M'sia PM must change like UK?

2022-12-07 12:31


USD to MYR was 4.7485 on Nov 5 2022. Today it is at 4.406.
Shit I lose a few thousands per month from my USD salarly, should have reach 5+ by now if Moo is PM 10.

2022-12-07 12:42


in politics Indonesia also improved a lot the last 20 years. Agung also know it and Malaysia also have to move forward.

2022-12-07 13:11


either you want to be ruled by PH BN or PN BN. It's that simple.

2022-12-07 13:31

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