Six questions for PKR - Hassan Karim

He posed the questions following a special convention set to be held on Apr 21.

Siti Aisyah Mohamad
Siti Aisyah Mohamad
16 Apr 2024 06:15pm
Hassan Karim. FILE PIX
Hassan Karim. FILE PIX
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SHAH ALAM - Pasir Gudang Member of Parliament Hassan Abdul Karim has posed six questions to the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) following a special convention set to be held in conjunction with the party's 25th anniversary celebration at the Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) on April 21.

He said that leaders and members of the party, totalling over a million people across 222 parliamentary constituencies nationwide, would bravely introspect and assess their own strengths by answering these questions.

"First, how can PKR and Pakatan Harapan (PH) overcome constraints in implementing the reform agenda in the unity government consisting of 19 political parties?

"Second, how do PKR and PH strive to face challenges as a multi-ethnic political party amidst narrow ethnic and religious identity politics in the upcoming 16th General Election (GE16)?

"Third, what efforts and strategies do PKR and PH have to increase support from Malay-Muslim voters to favour the Madani Government led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim?" he asked through a Facebook post on Sunday.

Furthermore, Hassan also questioned whether the support of the Chinese, Indian and indigenous communities in Sabah and Sarawak remained strong for PKR and PH.

"Moreover, to what extent has the track record of the Unity Government as the federal government been satisfactory enough for the people to continue supporting the Anwar-led government in GE16?

"Lastly, specifically to over a million PKR members to answer this question: Is PKR ready to prepare a successor candidate for Anwar as party president and Prime Minister in waiting when the time comes for him to step down?" he asked.

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Hassan stated that over the past quarter century, PKR has experienced ups and downs as a national political party since its inception as the Parti Keadilan Nasional (PKN) on April 4, 1999, at the Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

He added that during these 25 years, Anwar, as the leader of the PKR, has faced extremely challenging tests in advocating the reform agenda against three Prime Ministers of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

However, Hassan said, PKR has undergone a qualitative transformation from a mass grassroots organisation on the streets to a backbone force in establishing several state governments in Selangor, Penang and Perak starting in 2008.

"Then, in GE14 in 2018, PKR, together with the coalition of DAP, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), succeeded in overthrowing the BN government and for the first time, PH formed the government.

"But at that time, Anwar was still imprisoned. Thus, PH's victory in GE14, followed by Anwar's release, opened up opportunities for PKR and PH in GE15.

"Five years later, in November 2022, forming the government once again, and this time Anwar was chosen as the 10th Prime Minister," he said.