KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR has hit out at two DAP assemblymen for demanding Anwar Ibrahim’s resignation as the opposition leader following Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) trouncing in the Melaka elections.
It said the statements by Lee Chin Chen (Bilut, Pahang) and Phoong Jin Zhe (Luyang, Sabah) were “immature” and a “direct attack” on the PKR president.
It was also an attack on the PH presidential council, it said.
“PH should hold a post-mortem on its performance in the Melaka polls. Any policy proposals or decisions should be made together as is the culture in the PH family,” the Sabah PKR leadership council said in a statement.
On Monday, Lee was reported as saying that Anwar should step down as opposition leader. He also urged PH to find a successor and not depend solely on Anwar.
Phoong did not specifically call for Anwar to step down, but suggested that the “captain” should be changed to help invigorate the coalition before the next general election (GE15).
Throwing its full support behind Anwar today, Sabah PKR said criticising the leadership publicly would not solve problems.
“It would instead drag PH to the brink of disintegration, to the detriment of Malaysians as a whole,” it said.
The party said it was “baseless and simplistic” to blame the central PH leadership council, especially Anwar, when it came to working with former Barisan Nasional assemblymen in the run-up to the polls.
“Policy decisions made before the Melaka elections were collective. Therefore, success or failure must be borne together in the spirit of the great PH family,” it said.
Yesterday, Anwar played down calls for him to step down, dismissing them as an “opinion”.
He, however, said the buck stopped with him when it came to the issue of PH welcoming the two former Umno assemblymen into its fold – attributed by some to have contributed to PH’s loss in Saturday’s polls.
PH only managed to win five of the 28 seats contested. Four of the seats were won by DAP, one by Amanah and none by PKR.