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Lessons to learn from PKR power struggle

The Star/ANN | Monday, Aug 11, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin addressing the Bentong Umno Delegates meeting, Sunday.

BENTONG - The tussle for power in PKR, resulting in the sacking of Se­­­langor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim from the party, should serve as an eye-opener to the people, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the people should not be made to suffer due to the internal bickering of a party.

"I do not think the people are enjoying this episode which has left Selangor in a dicey and awkward situation," he said after opening the Bentong Umno delegates meeting here yesterday.

"The Federal Government will monitor what's happening before deciding on the next course of action," he added.

Muhyiddin, who is Barisan Nasional deputy chairman, added that the coalition had no plan to interfere in PKR's internal matters as it did not want to be accused of ha­ving a personal interest in the differences.

"However, we hope the crisis will not prolong for the good of the people, who are the victims," Muhyiddin said.

"PKR and Pakatan Rakyat must not run away from their responsibilities and should put the people's interests first."

To a question of a possible snap state election, the Deputy Prime Minister said Bari­san would only decide when the development unfolds in due course.

"We are deeply disturbed with the turn of events taking place as it has affected the country as a whole," he said.

"Selangor is an important state and this uncertainty does not augur well for investors' confidence," he added.

On the effect it might have on the water agreement, Muhyiddin said the key issue was to look at how the Langat 2 project could proceed after the first phase.

"Khalid has given his co-operation by issuing development orders for the project now in its initial stage," he added.

"There are several more phases and the mammoth project needs more time to be completed," Muhyiddin said, adding that the state government's continuous co-operation with the Federal Go­­vernment was pertinent to ensure its success within the stipulated time frame.

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