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    PKR Congress 28 to 30 May 10: Khalid Ibrahim safe for now

    Anwar: Trust in Khalid. He's clean.


    Khalid stays safe despite Selangor quicksand. First he make all those outlandish claims about performance. When he cannot even achieve 10% of it, we get all sorts of excuses. Then his apologists try to denigrate his critics by say they are frustrated people who did not get any benefit from the sand.

    Do we judge a leader by the quality of his excuses? He was warned from day one not to venture into the sand monopoly because it is a snake pit but he's just too thick-headed to listen. Therefore he should take the responsibility for his stubbornness and arrogance and leave.


    Khir Toyo claims Selangor sand miner illegal.
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    Re: PKR Congress 28 to 30 May 10: Khalid Ibrahim responds to criticisms

    For two years, Anwar has advised him to change. He kept saying yes and then went back to his merry ways. Will he change now? Let's wait and see. I am not holding my breath.

    S'gor MB responds to criticisms at party congress

    Regina Lee
    May 30, 10

    Selangor MB and state PKR chief Khalid Ibrahim finally addressed the criticisms raised throughout the party's sixth annual congress, saying that he accepts the many suggestions from various wings of the party, including the harsh ones.

    He added that he will bring the suggestions up to the state exco when they next meet on the coming Wednesday.

    “Based on the suggestion of the party president, I have completed a proposal for a Pakatan Rakyat government integrity index last night,” he said in his wrapping-up speech.

    Addressing the raised issues one-by-one, he also said that he will appoint an exco to oversee the party's grassroots communications.

    “I agree (to the suggestions), but we will have to talk with the party leadership on who this exco will be. We have to follow the procedures.

    “But this exco will be from PKR,”
    he said to thunderous applause. Khalid was likely addressing grouses raised that there was a lack of party representation in the state administrative posts.

    “I will also reform the state administration, so that the state assembly constituencies do not need an 'exco angkat' (adopted exco). Instead, I will appoint development officers.

    'Let's talk not fight'

    “But bear with me, if you are not happy, we can always talk internally. Let's not fight in the open. That always takes up a lot of time,”
    he said, adding that it is a sensitive issue that needs to be carefully thought over.

    Speaking calmly, the former corporate giant took the criticisms over the past days in stride.

    Despite constant attacks during the congress in Kota Bharu, the MB never got into a spat with any of the delegates.

    At one point in his wrap-up, Khaild was overcome with emotion, but held back his tears as he recounted the prayers for patience and guidance which he often recited before the start of each exco meeting held in Shah Alam each Wednesday.

    Quoting an Islamic civilization leader Saidinah Ali, Khalid said, “When I was elected, I was not the best amongst you. So please guide me with criticisms.”

    His gracious demeanour earned him a standing ovation at the end of his address, but it remains unclear if the delegates were entirely convinced by his 13-minute speech.

    'Young leaders rise'

    Khalid in his address also called for more young leaders to rise up and take over, advising them to prepare themselves.

    “But discipline is very important,” he cautioned.

    The MB had come under intense fire during the congress particularly because Selangor is the only state governed by a PKR head.

    During the sessions some had urged the replacement of errant state administrators with PKR members, while others had panned Khalid's communications plan that they said did not convince the people adequately of his policies.

    Of special concern was the constant threat of losing the state to the BN. Malaysiakini. Please support by subscribing as a reader.
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    Re: PKR Congress 28 to 30 May 10: Anwar promises to restructure PKR

    Anwar promises to restructure PKR

    Sun, 30 May 2010 22:39

    By B Nantha Kumar and Fazy Sahir

    KOTA BHARU: Anwar Ibrahim has promised to make changes to the leadership at all levels to consolidate PKR's strength in the party's march forward.

    The PKR supremo said the reshuffle will be carried out in the immediate future in response to the issues raised by delegates during the party's sixth national congress which ended this evening.

    "The restructuring will be done immediately. It will bring together the experience of the seniors and the vibrancy of the young.

    "The changes in leadership will be done across the board from the top to bottom. People who don't work should leave the party,"
    he said.

    Anwar also addressed the requests made by PKR's Youth wing.

    "I noticed that PKR Youth and the Women's wing were highly visible in the congress this time. We will include both these groups in the central leadership line-up," he said in his speech.

    Expressing satisfaction with the maturity and quality of the debates, he said: "I have been watching the congress since 2004, the issues raised and the level of maturity among the delegates and in the debates is good."

    "I want all the leaders sitting here on stage to go down to the ground and visit every division and meet our members,"
    he added.

    Anwar also touched on several motions raised by the Youth and Women's wing delegates.

    Criticisms accepted with an open mind

    On Selangor, the opposition leader said the leadership accepted the suggestions and criticisms against Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim with an open mind.

    He said many changes have been carried out in the last two years in Selangor under Pakatan Rakyat's administration.

    "Under BN (Barisan Nasional), the state was destroyed because the menteri besar's gluttony deprived the rakyat of their wealth.

    "When we took over we promised the people a clean government, free of corruption and abuse. Khalid has managed to achieve this," he said.

    Anwar also said that he had noted the comments about the slowness in approving public projects in the state.

    "I take note of the motion and will discuss this with the MB. I will ask him to expedite the approval of projects with the condition that it meets regulations," he said.

    Eradicate subsidies for the rich

    On the issue of subsidies, Anwar said: "From the beginning we have been saying that the deficit situation was becoming dangerous."

    "What is normal is one or two years in deficit but when it enters five years, the 'orange effect' begins and seven years, it is the 'red effect' and we have had 12 consecutive years of this... the national economy has been destroyed under Umno-BN because of its leaders greed…

    "We are proposing three steps to repair the national economy – revoke subsidies issued to the rich, combat corruption and be thrifty – only after this should we ask the rakyat to sacrifice,"
    he added. FreeMalaysiaToday....
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    Re: PKR Congress 28 to 30 May 10: Khalid Ibrahim safe for now

    'PKR leaders did not highlight plight of Indians'

    Mon, 31 May 2010 12:12


    By B Nantha Kumar

    KOTA BARU: The sixth national PKR congress, which ended yesterday, did not go down well with many unhappy grassroots Indian representatives.

    They feel that while the congress had highlighted Malay and Bumiputera issues, it had failed to “provide space” and insight into the plight of the Indians.

    Alor Gajah’s G Rajandran said after three days of debate, he was disappointed with the outcome of the convention.

    “Yes, I am disappointed. No space was given to the Indian community. No one raised the problems faced by the Indian community.

    “I thought the congress would be a suitable place for PKR Indian or other leaders to raise issues faced by our community and suggestions made to solve them,” he told FMT on the sideline of the convention.

    Rajendran said too much attention was given to the party’s aim to capture Putrajaya. FreeMalaysiaToday....
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    Re: PKR Congress 28 to 30 May 10: PKR congress falls short of revelations

    PKR congress falls short of revelations

    Regina Lee
    May 31, 10
    12:36pm

    While it was already previously speculated that the 2,000-over delegates at the PKR's sixth annual congress would come armed with explosive revelations and sordid exposés that would apall even Graham Greene, the entire proceedings almost fell flat on those expectations.

    There were none of the heated debates on the defections, as previously hinted at.

    The party's de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim had fueled expectations with his Friday morning press statement preceding the congress, promising to reveal the "millionaire turncoats".

    But all that transpired was deputy president Syed Husin's hints about the defectors who had received contracts, or those who walked because they did not get the cushy government posts they were after.

    Nothing explosive, nor sordid.

    The delegates, expected to debate the incidence of defections, served up nothing more than name-calling the gamut from "frogs" to "prostitutes".

    State governments targeted

    Much of the heat was instead reserved for the Pakatan state government administrations, in particular Selangor under MB Khalid Ibrahim.

    But as valid as the issues were, debates offered nothing more than an unending barrage of salvos.

    Concerns raised varied from the genuine, to the outright ludicrous.

    Some urged Khalid (right) to remove deadwood government officials, some criticised the communications methods, and others pressured for post allocations to "qualified party members".

    Khalid held his ground well, clearly tugging at the heartstrings of his audience.

    In spite of a standing ovation for his emotional performance, his arguments did not actually amount to much at all.

    It is to be expected: when you ask a vague question, expect a vague answer.

    The line of questioning by the delegates could only indicate two things. Either they believe Khalid's will have to buck up or face the voters' ire, or PKR members in general are dim to the former corporate giant's idea of good governance.

    Reformasi within PKR

    The string of defections - which averages one every three months - has provoked numerous calls for a reformation of the party.

    The youth members were especially angry with the leadership for not doing enough to impress the party's ideology and struggles onto its members.

    They also complained that the leadership was aloof to the needs of the younger generation, which led Khalid to counter by setting the challenge for the young to step up as future leaders.

    But reformation is under way in the reformist party.

    By the same time next year, PKR members will have felt the full force of amendments to the party constitution.

    Among the more radical changes are the lowering of the Youth wing age limit to 35, and the implementation of direct elections, enabling all party members to vote in the party polls.

    Secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (above) gave the delegates a brief run-through of what to expect in the upcoming party elections, which would include the members voting at their own respective divisions.

    PKR maturing


    On the bright side, the PKR delegates deserve credit for tackling the debates - apart from the initial blitzkrieg of complaints against the state administrations - in a far more mature manner than other political parties.

    Gone were the days of harping on racial issues and picking fights with DAP or PAS. Instead, they focused on cooperation and lending the fellow coalition partners a hand, especially in governing a state.

    This year's congress was also a benchmark for the women debaters, who made up more than a third of the whole debaters roll.

    Their performance so impressed supreme council member Khalid Jaafar that he commented by twitter that they were mature and disciplined, preparing their texts well in contrast to the men who spoke mainly off the cuff, and mostly merapu (spoke nonsense).

    Despite the harsh debates an overall mood of jollity pervaded. Many speakers peppered their speeches with jokes intentional or not, to diffuse intense and often uncomfortable situations. Khalid in particular had the audience in stitches over his failed attempts at reciting a pantun to conclude his speech.

    Jokes aside, it is clear that party delegates do not like what they see in some areas of the leadership.

    Whether their concerns are taken up and rectified, or whether they lapse from short memory, as Anwar has been known to say, will be revealed at the next party elections just under six months away. Malaysiakini. Subscription required.
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    Re: PKR Congress 28 to 30 May 10: PKR and patronage

    PKR and patronage
    3 Jun 10 : 8.00AM

    By Deborah Loh
    deborahloh@thenutgraph.com

    PKR congress in 2009

    PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is the future, its president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail declared at the party's 2009 congress held at the end of May in Kota Baru. But if that were so, the congress showed little direction as to how PKR would lead the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in that future.

    The party's sixth congress focused more on how to convince voters to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government in the next general election. Strengthen the party, curb defections, and improve governance and the economy of PKR's showpiece state, Selangor. As to how it would rule the country with multiethnic policies and meritocracy, or restore the credibility of public institutions like the judiciary, there were little more than broad statements.

    PKR leaders at the congress missed the chance to elaborate on its governance plans, notes political observer and academic Prof Dr James Chin of Monash University Sunway. While leaders may have convincingly explained the crisis of defections to delegates, they seemed not to have grasped a creeping issue: the tendency towards patronage.

    Contradiction of values

    For a party that espouses multiracialism, transparency, meritocracy and needs-based assistance, it's a contradiction when some delegates boldly call for appointments, jobs and contracts for party members. It suggests that some members have yet to fully understand the broad principles PKR says it upholds, and how these apply to internal governance.

    While not all PKR defectors left because they didn't get what they thought they deserved, a few of them did leave under such circumstances, no matter the other reasons they cited. This much was admitted by Wan Azizah and her deputy Dr Syed Husin Ali.

    Whether PKR's defectors were induced, or whether they left because their demands weren't met, both are two sides of the same coin. It is the expectation that political parties should care for their own kind through favours.

    This was partly reflected in the criticisms against Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim during the congress. Since 2008, Khalid's efforts to run a clean administration have frustrated those who no longer stand to gain from the old formula of easy handouts. Politically, he has upset Selangor PKR division heads.

    At the same time, state executive decisions are not implemented by the civil service. Problems in low-cost housing ownership and allegations against state-owned Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB), which was set up to curb illegal sand mining, are some examples.

    Delegates and leaders called on Khalid to make amends quickly in the time remaining before the next general election, aptly noting that PKR cannot depend on anti-Umno sentiments.

    While improving Selangor's administration and economy is indeed crucial to winning votes, PKR should also begin educating members against a patronage mentality.

    Political analyst and academician Dr Ong Kian Ming notes that the bulk of complaints were targeted at Khalid, as were calls for contracts for party members, because Selangor is the only state PKR controls, and the richest one, too.

    Wan Azizah and her husband, PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, backed Khalid and said he would remain as Selangor menteri besar because he was principled and transparent. However, the party leadership could have done more to drive home the message to delegates as to why party largesse is principally wrong. It wouldn't be an easy thing to explain, but it could be what sets the party apart from its main BN rival, Umno.

    Some may argue that such practice exists in every political party. On another level, the problem of patronage politics is linked to party financing. Typically, those who benefit from the state or party's largesse are to contribute financially to their patron. But PKR as a young party, a mere decade old, has a better chance of creating its own culture, and a healthier one at that.

    Biting the bullet

    In a broader sense, tackling mindset change about patronage is reflective of PKR's challenge to increase support from Malay Malaysians.

    "The handout mentality is still there because it's common in the larger Malay [Malaysian] psyche. PAS members tend to be the exception to this norm," Ong tells The Nut Graph.

    So if PKR were to be less "shy", it could bite the bullet and use Selangor as its laboratory to implement more meritocratic policies. As a party with a multiracial identity, it now needs to show proof, especially to Malay Malaysians, that a needs-based welfare system can work.

    PKR could address declining Malay Malaysian support with class-based policies instead of using a race-based approach. Political analyst and The Nut Graph columnist Wong Chin Huat, as quoted in an Edge Financial Daily article, is therefore against the special congress proposed by PKR Youth to deal with Malay Malaysian concerns.

    Wong has also written in The Nut Graph that PR states should start a means testing scheme so that aid is given only to those who are genuinely poor.

    If PKR were willing to go all out to test its espoused principles in Selangor, it could potentially weed out more bad apples who expect rewards. The party is, after all, still in the "consolidation process", and its troubles should be seen in that light, Chin adds.

    However, PKR still seems to be in the habit of dwelling more on external challenges. For example, Wan Azizah cited as threats Umno's racial posturing and mainstream media propaganda.

    "Talking and convincing people just to win elections is not enough. The party should be moving on to demonstrate how it will govern," Chin tells The Nut Graph in a phone interview.

    Best practices

    It's easy to think of PKR as the party for disgruntled Umno drop-outs, and thus assume that these members carry over the practice of largesse for loyalty. Ong doesn't think it's so much this Umno style of politics that's affecting PKR, but rather, the process of growing members and institutionalising best practices. PKR is still a newer party compared with the DAP and PAS.

    "I wouldn't paint the whole party with such a broad brush [that its members subscribe to a patronage culture], but I see it as a party in the midst of shaping its culture," Ong notes.

    That said, not tackling the handout mindset is unhealthy, especially given the values PKR espouses.

    The disappointment, then, is that neither Anwar nor other leaders took the opportunity to address this particular aspect of internal change. Is the practice of patronage so part of Malaysian politics that it doesn't strike PKR leaders as a glaring contradiction to the party's values?

    Instead, Anwar chose to be a tease, dangling a still unfulfilled promise to expose evidence that party defectors had been offered millions in cash plus contracts to leave PKR.

    In Khalid there at least seems to be an effort to pursue a clean and transparent government. For the sake of PKR's future, hopefully, there are other party members who truly believe in the same things. The Nut Graph....
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