It seems that as the days pass the People’s Justice Party (PKR) is being push further and further away into obscurity. This was a party that was formed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the wake of the Reformasi movement following his removal unceremoniously as deputy prime minister by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who was prime minister at the time. Datuk Seri Anwar’s plight is well documented. Many foreign leaders at that time criticized Tun Dr. Mahathir for his authoritarian approach. Malaysians themselves were enthralled as the events unfolded with many taking sides.
Fast forward years after its birth, PKR was viewed by many political observers as a force to be reckoned with. Notably the charismatic leader had managed to forge an alliance with the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and the Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS). The parties had very little in common with each other asides from a shared interest to remove the ruling coalition. Together the three parties managed to make political inroads garnering the popular vote in the last two general elections.
Presently it appears that PKR’s leading role in the coalition of opposition parties is a thing of the past. It is evident that the party is being sidelined by Tun Dr. Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. PKR is contesting fewer seats compared to previously as opposed to PPBM, which is a new coalition partner. Furthermore Tun Dr. Mahathir was named as Pakatan Harapan’s choice for the prime minister post instead of Datuk Seri Anwar. Although there are some quarters such as Selangor PKR that have voiced opposition against Tun Dr. Mahathir’s appointment, PKR is accepting his nomination.
For all intents and purpose the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan is supposed to be equal partners. But in the absence of Datuk Seri Anwar it is increasingly apparent that Tun Dr. Mahathir and his party is in charge thus setting the tone for the alliance. Meanwhile PKR is left to lick its wounds.