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Monday, 7 July 2008
PITA POLITIK (50): WAR OF WORDS IN THE KINTA VALLEY
Former Perak MB, Dato' Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali addressing his supporters in Perak.
Perak PR govt will 'fall by Aug 31' By : Brenda Lim
IPOH: Come National Day on Aug 31, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government in Perak will fall, claimed Perak Barisan Nasional chief and former menteri besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali.
"It's not easy, (but) I'm very confident," he said, predicting that BN would resume its rule over the state, but declined to reveal details.
He said several PR assemblymen were approached and given the chance to join BN, adding that they should be crossing over.
When asked about his confidence, he said: "Have I ever spoken (of this) before?"
PR has 31 assemblymen to BN's 28, with 18 from DAP, seven from PKR and six from Pas.
It was only a matter of waiting for the first state representative to join BN, he said after a closed-door meeting dubbed "An Evening with Ezam Mohd Noor" here yesterday.
Ezam, the former PKR youth chief who rejoined Umno, would give courage to other PKR members to do the same, he added.
Meanwhile, Ezam said he was informed by sources in PKR that the PR alliance would fall apart earlier than expected.
"I have many friends in PR and they have voiced discomfort and suspicion concerning the state government."
He said he placed more confidence in Tajol Rosli's prediction rather than PKR adviser Anwar Ibrahim's claim that PR would form the federal government by Sept 16.
He said Anwar was not fit to lead the country as he no longer had the spirit of a statesman, where one would put the nation's interest ahead of his own.
PKR's efforts to hold a gathering of one million people to protest the hike in fuel prices today was only a cover for the party's weakness.
"Everyone knows PKR has a weak structure and many problems at branch and division level.
"To cover it up, they are organising demonstrations because demonstrations are easy to do." (NST Online, 7 July 2008)
Comment: Now, it's between the current MB's words and the former's. Whose words will prevail come Independence Day. With Ezam Mohd Noor behind the former Perak MB, one would understandably anticipate the precarious position the Perak State Government is in. And, the war of attrition continues.