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Monday, April 22, 2024

Surendran: PKR morally dead, what’s to celebrate?

Former PKR vice-president N Surendran did not mince words when sharing his feelings about the party’s 25th anniversary over the weekend.

Pouring cold water on the milestone, he described the Anwar Ibrahim-led party as “morally dead”.

After promising reforms for more than two decades since its inception, the former Padang Serai MP accused PKR of dishing out “excuses” after coming into power.

“What’s to celebrate?” he said on the social media platform X.

“For 25 years, they promised reform. In power - no reforms, only excuses,” he added.

Former PKR vice-president N Surendran

Surendran, who was one of PKR’s most vocal leaders in the past, said those who “fought and risked jail to bring PKR to power, fought for nothing”.   

“It is a morally dead party, propped up by the trappings of power, focused only on staying in power,” he added.

‘Shameful silence’

Surendran had quit PKR in February after expressing disappointment with Pakatan Harapan’s “shameful silence” on the sedition probe against former DAP lawmaker Tony Pua over his remarks about the commutation of ex-premier Najib Abdul Razak’s prison sentence and fine.

He announced his resignation on X after crossing swords with Harapan communications director Fahmi Fadzil, who told him to adhere to party discipline when airing his grievances.

“Fahmi, never mind party discipline. I’ve not been an active party member for a long time anyway.

“I asked about the reforms PKR once promised. No decent answer to that. There is no point in being a member of a party that no longer represents change and reform. Take this as my resignation,” Surendran responded.

Prior to this, he posted a photograph of himself with Anwar at a press conference in 2014 to condemn the Sedition Act with the caption: “How low my old comrades have sunk…” - Mkini

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