The way I look at it, the tussle in PKR over the leadership of the Selangor state government is essentially between a party which was elected to power to serve the people’s interest and a faction within that party that appears more interested in personal ambition.
Some politicians – and they can be found in all political parties – are in the game for self interest. This type is always on the prowl, on the look out for contracts, positions of power, largesse. Serving the rakyat takes second place. They have gone into politics not primarily to serve the public but to serve their own interests and personal ambitions. These are the types who think political party workers and leaders must be rewarded for their efforts through the award of contracts and appointments to positions of influence or power.
Within PKR, there are obviously some who have not discarded the old Umno or BN mentality. Just by looking at their demeanour and body language and reading their statements and comments, you can almost sense whose interest they are out to serve.
How many of the gang of 15 (if there are really 15) are actually from Selangor in the first place?
This is not to say that MB Khalid’s leadership is not without its shortcomings or pressing issues of contention. There are some who say he is a one-man-show – he doesn’t consult enough – and is soft on the civil servants. Others say the Selangor government’s delivery doesn’t quite match the rhetoric e.g. the cleaning up of the Klang River. Khalid will have to address these issues squarely.
But are those who are offering themselves as an alternative to Khalid likely to be better overall and more effective in the leadership of the state? I somehow doubt it.
If they are more interested in serving their own personal ambitions it is best for them to quit the party rather than betray the voters’ aspirations for real change and meaningful people-centred reforms.