What Anwar Ibrahim has been waiting for … or more probably working behind the scene to bring about this!
He had tested Lim Guan Eng’s patience to the utmost, by refusing to appoint a current PKR exco member to the post of DCM1 when Fairus resigned from the position (though not yet the Penanti seat).
Poor Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, the Batu Maung assemblyperson, whom Lim Guan Eng wanted to move into Fairus' abandoned post, was rejected by the Great One.
I has started a mamak joke as a humorous explanation for Anwar's inexplicable dilly dallying over Fairus' substitution, but it would seem from what I read in The Malaysian Insider, I have been very near the truth.
The Malaysian Insider reported: The frontrunner for the DCM 1 post is Abdul Malik but he has not been named due to intense last-minute lobbying. He is also not seen as a Malay as he comes from the Indian Muslim community in the state.
This is racism which we have accused UMNO of, and ... ooops ... forgot his origin ...
I feel sorry for Malik, who I understand is quite a capable person, which has been why Lim GE wanted him as DCM1. Maybe he should join DAP instead.
Meanwhile, Malaysiakini reported:
Penang CM Lim Guan Eng, who is in Singapore on an official visit, said he was not aware of Fairus' resignation.
"I don't know anything about this resignation. If you (reporters) want to know, please ask Anwar," said Lim through his press secretary.
Lim Guan Eng is well and truly pissed off with Anwar Ibrahim who has been far too economical with the truth, even with the Penang CM, a man who had gone out of his way to accommodate the wishes of a political ally, the World’s Greatest Reformer.
According to The Malaysian Insider CM slighted Anwar didn't inform that Fairus quit Guan Eng was peeved because it was only last week that Anwar had said Fairus would remain as Penanti assemblyman until the next general election.
But apparently the Renaissance Man was already in possession of Fairus' resignation letter in his hands, and had planned to nominate one of his faves, Dr Mansor Othman, to stand in the Penanti by-election and become DCM1.
The delay had been due to some frantic behind-closed-door negotiations when Fairus turned ugly and threatened to expose PKR's dirty linen. But couldn't the Great One at least keep Lim GE informed of the 'broad' truth of the negotiations if not the PKR's grubby details?
It would appear that in man man lai fashion he had kept all these from Lim Guan Eng. Now, based on this shameful example, can we ever ever trust the words of the World's Greatest Reformer?
The Malaysian Insider reported on Lim’s anger at the way the Supreme Leader had played behind his back, as follows:
The Penang chief minister is slighted that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had kept mum about Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin’s resignation as Penanti assemblyman, which he only found out today when quizzed by the media.
Apart from not informing Fairus’ resignation from the state seat, the de facto PKR leader had also been concealing the matter for some time as it is understood the resignation letter is dated March 19, a few days before Fairus sent a letter quitting as deputy chief minister I.
Lim Guan Eng, who is in Singapore on an investment promotion, only knew all this today when asked by the media and later informed of the letter by the state officials.
Dap insiders revealed to The Malaysian Insider that “Lim is in a foul mood now as he feels that he should have been informed about happenings in the state.”
... and surely we can understand why! Alas, as a supporter of the DAP, I have constantly warned of the snake oil salesman's words - 31 frogs, 916, 'BIG' announcement, etc ..... alas, the consistent flow of bullsh*t should have sprung the alarm long ago.
In fact Lim has been so incensed that he is not speaking to reporters about Fairus, telling them to refer to Anwar.
As usual Anwar has been unavailable for comment. Kaytee ‘has been reliably informed’ ;-) that the Great Man is currently in serious consultation with the Presidents of the USA, Russia, China, and the Sec-Gen of the UN … oh, and the Chief Mufti of Cairo, Pope Benedict and the Dalai Lama as well ... on his preferred candidate for DCM1 (reserved for an ungrateful PKR).