In what appears to be an internal party manoeuvre, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is set parachute two-term Semambu State Assemblyman, Lee Chean Chung to the Petaling Jaya Parliament seat.
According to a source close to PKR Deputy President, Rafizi Ramli, the decision to parachute Chean Chung from Pahang would be announced tonight.
The source explained, the move is aimed at ensuring “top guns” aligned to Rafizi survive the 15th General Election, apart from cementing the PKR No.2’s position within the party.
“It’s about surviving GE15 and taking full control of PKR. We must at least ensure Rafizi’s top guns remain as YBs, in a case where PH fails to grab Federal power.”
For the record, Chean Chung is a known ally of Rafizi and his election outfit, Invoke.
Another source from PKR’s Central Leadership said, an emerging pattern seems to suggest that Rafizi is taking the opportunity to purge those who refused to campaign for him in the recently concluded PKR party elections.
“It looks like those who were in Saifuddin’s camp during the party election will be dropped,” said the source referring to Secretary General, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution.
“There seems to be a pattern where those aligned to Rafizi will be candidates replacing those not aligned to Rafizi in the PKR election.”
“The central leadership should answer this as this is very unhealthy. I am sure the people would like to see PKR leaders close ranks instead of seeing us tearing one another apart.”
Former Bersih 2.0 Chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah is the incumbent for the Petaling Jaya Parliament seat.
In a Facebook post yesterday, Chean Chung had uploaded a photo of himself with DAP’s Bukit Gasing State Assemblyman, Rajiv Rishkayaran, hinting he will be the candidate for Petaling Jaya.
Bukit Gasing is one of the three state constituencies under the Petaling Jaya Parliamentary constituency, with the other two being Taman Medan and Seri Setia.
Apart from Maria, another incumbent not aligned to Rafizi is Sungai Buloh MP, Sivarasa Rasiah.
In 2014, the Kuala Lumpur High Court found Ramanan guilty over a scam and fraud case involving RM5.5 million.