Kong See Hoh
PETALING JAYA (March 27, 2008): A case of too many too soon? According
to a report in China Press today, Selangor (PKR)
is "troubled" by the big number of Barisan Nasional (BN) component
parties' members applying to join the party.
The report said not only are the "defectors" jumping ship, they are also
bringing along "recruits", prompting PKR division leaders to raise their
guard, as they are worried that they might be inviting trouble and the
mass defections turn out to be a bane rather than a boon.
The wind of change that swept the PKR-DAP-PAS coalition to power in
Selangor has also threatened to cause a flood of defections in the
Sources said in the two weeks since the March 8 general election, some
PKR divisions had given out not less than 2,000 membership application
Most of the applications have been returned to the respective divisions.
The sources pointed out that among those crossing over to the party are
current and past branch and division leaders from MCA, Gerakan and MIC.
These grassroots leaders are bringing with them their followers and
supporters, raising the concern of some PKR division leaders who are
worried that the defectors may eventually pose a threat to their
positions in the party.
The sources added that PKR division leaders are strictly vetting the
membership applications of the would-be defectors, especially those
with strong political background.
Apart from the stringent vetting by the division chiefs, applications
from BN politicians have been referred to the PKR top leadership for
further vetting and approval.
Some PKR division leaders are awaiting directives from the party top
leadership regarding such applications while others are beginning to be
very selective about who to admit or have stopped taking in defectors
for the time being.
PKR will hold its division meetings in May and June and delegates
meeting in August.
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