KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim defended today PKR’s unexpected decision to appoint N. Surendran as vice-president, indirectly sniping at rebel MP N. Gobalakrishnan’s for questioning the move.
The PKR de facto leader (picture) explained on Twitter this evening that the civil rights lawyer was appointed to represent PKR as a vice-president as he was “qualified” and “credible”.
“Surendran as vp-qualified, credible,” he tweeted, in response to a follower’s message requesting that he posted Gobalakrishnan’s tweet attacks on his blog.
The follower had written, “You should post @Ngobalakrishnan tweets on yr blog and... he just wants yr attention.”
Anwar, who is presently abroad in Istanbul with his family, carefully avoided commenting directly to Gobalakrishnan but insisted several times that Surendran was a good choice.
Instead of responding directly to a follower’s message on Gobalakrishnan that read, “...looks like another frog to jump. Whacking party thru tweets?”, Anwar said, “Keadilan to present qualified, credible leaders. Surendran for vp”.
When the same follower asked, “Then why was he selected to represent PKR?”, again in reference to Gobalakrishnan, Anwar replied, “Not as vp. Public expect credible, qualified leader.”
After losing in his vice-presidency bid during the party polls last month, Gobalakrishnan again failed to make the cut when the party leadership appointed Surendran and two others into the post.
Another follower tweeted: “Kredibiliti PKR akan tros dipersoalkan kalau isu2 ini e.g. @Ngobalakrishnan berlarutan” (PKR’s credibility will continue to be questionable if these issues continue) to which Anwar replied, “Naib pres-harus wibawa”.
The party de facto leader’s messages appeared to suggest that the party did not view Gobalakrishnan as more qualified than Surendran, leading to its decision not to appoint the former into the post.
Over the past week, the outspoken Padang Serai MP had launched a series of hard-hitting criticisms against Anwar and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, lamenting that the duo had sidelined many party loyalists for their self interests.
His grouses with the powerful duo began during the party’s polls last month which he claimed was frought with irregularities and malpractices.
Gobalakrishnan had even threatened to quit the party if the leadership failed to clean up the polls process and call for re-elections.
Today, he told The Malaysian Insider that the Anwar-Azmin team had been cheating the Indian community and even claimed that the community was better off during Barisan Nasional’s reign in Selangor.
In his latest jibes on Twitter, Gobalakrishnan lamented that his pleas for help to Anwar had only fallen on deaf ears.
“I went all the way through the Thick & Thin but only Betrayal by Anwar is the result,” he said.
He also wrote, “many times when I met Anwar regd problems he just told me off or challenged me to join BN” and “I was truly comitted to Anwar last 12 yrs but he only used me and was never sincerely committed to help the POOR”.
Gobalakrishnan also appeared to attack the entire PKR leadership by claiming that the party had failed to address the people’s concerns in its scramble to wrest Putrajaya from BN.
“Only Putra Jaya at any cost. Putra Jaya Putra Jaya Putra Jaya. Poors, Care a damn but sweet talk. 3 yrs people Zero,” he tweeted.
His relentless attacks caused a stir in the Twitter community with many BN leaders using the opportunity to re-tweet his messages.
Gobalakrishnan had earlier also claimed that PKR’s appointment of Surendran as vice-president was unconstitutional as the latter was not a party member.
This was however denied by party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution who announced that the lawyer was indeed a registered member in the Lembah Pantai division.
The Machang MP also told The Malaysian Insider that the party’s political bureau would likely discuss the possibility of reprimanding Gobalakrishnan for his public outburst during its meeting next month.