Malaysiakini reported in its news article Baru reveals why PKR vied for 49 seats that:
PKR state chief Baru Bian firmly believes that the party and Pakatan made the right decision.
Speaking to Malaysiakini recently, Baru said the Pakatan principle was that all seats must be fought for because the electorate must know that the coalition is serious about taking over the state government.
"We cannot give the other side a free ride. If we did, it would demoralise us. This was the strategy.”
I have never heard such self-serving BBB (brains baffling bullshit).
Let me tell you why I don’t believe a single word of Baru Bian’s explanation above.
(1) He talks about “the electorate must know the coalition is serious …..”, yet he avoids mentioning the fact PKR had persistently denied SNAP the seats the latter wanted, showing unmitigated arrogance in dictating to SNAP that it could have only 3.
(2) PKR even quarreled with DAP over a couple of seats, repeating its treacherous behavior in 2007, when it even claimed M Kulasegaran’s seat in Ipoh Barat. That's the nature of the beast.
(3) PKR preemptively announced its decision to contest in 52, not just 49 seats way ahead of SNAP and DAP, leaving a miserly 19 to be shared between DAP and SNAP.
(4) If it was concerned that the coalition, presumably Pakatan, should show the Sarawakians its serious intention in taking over the government, why didn’t PKR share out all 71 seats with SNAP and DAP? Leaving out the vexing question of whether PKR had treated SNAP respectfully as a valued coalition member, isn't DAP a member of coalition? Why seized 52 out of 71 seats available in such a Pearl-Habour-like preemptive manner?
Thus when Bian moaned about "... this strategy came with a heavy cost. The party was severely stretched because the rural campaign was resource-intensive" he doesn't deserve any sympathy but rather a padan muka.
The truth is that PKR is a party with leaders who are greedy, selfish, uncooperative, treacherous and dictatorial – just look at its internal mess in both Sabah and during its party election.
It went for 52 initially, then (after intense negotiations with DAP) 49, because it wanted/expected to emerge from the election as the Pakatan member with the most number of seats. Post-failed strategy, its claimed altruism is so unbelievable that even kaytee cringed at Bian's audacity in suggesting it.
No mate, PKR has not been a sincere coalition member, but one which has been fond of dictating to its allies rather than negotiating cooperatively behind closed doors.
SNAP complained that each time it got together with PKR to negotiate, PKR would refuse to tell which seats it really wanted (well, PKR wanted all 52), making negotiations impossible in the way peace talks between Israel and Palestine have been impossible ...
... because (PKR like) Israel has no sincere intention of negotiating for peace and was only using so-called peace talks as a heel dragging exercise to prolong the negotiation process for years and years while its religiously fanatical settlers gobbled up Palestinian land with the support of its government and the benevolent tolerance of the USA.
Having lambasted Baru Bian (and the man behind him, Azmin Ali) I know there are good people in PKR, but certainly not those UMNO rejects.
PKR is like a ripe nangka with one side rotting away, infested by fruit flies. We Malaysians are familiar with such a fruit and know what needs to be done - the rotting part should be sliced cleanly away, allowing the rest of sweet fruit to be still enjoyed.
That’s what PKR requires, the amputation of its gangrenous portion, the ex UMNO people like Azmin Ali and coterie. In my earlier post RPK and the necessary destruction of Anwar Ibrahim? I wrote:
Anwar Ibrahim, Azmin Ali and their innermost coterie belong better in UMNO, though some UMNO members might take umbrage at this suggestion.
Anwar Ibrahim is more than just ‘damaged goods’. As he’s a biological creature, let’s use the term that I believe Peter sees him as being. Anwar Ibrahim is now ‘gangrenous’ to Pakatan, and thus, must be amputated off before his presence poisons the entire body and life of the coalition.
… I believe Peter [RPK] sees the (political) destruction and removal of Anwar Ibrahim (and his like-minded coterie) as a necessary step to the continuing life of Pakatan and in its fight against BN.
Likewise with Azmin Ali and gang, or PKR will never ever progress to the level of DAP, and may even drag Pakatan down.