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Youngest MP in Malaysia in the crosshairs of power play in Anwar’s party

The former Ambassador says Anwar's party is facing a tough internal struggle ahead of the transition of power in Malaysia

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The youngest Member of Parliament in Malaysia, independent Batu representative P Prabakaran seems to be in the crosshairs of people fighting in a power struggle in Anwar Ibrahim’s party.

The PKR is undergoing upheaval with some MPs and ministers canvassing against Anwar in his bid to become the next PM of Malaysia.

A columnist in Free Malaysia Today, Dennis Ignatius a former Malaysian ambassador said that mischief is brewing in the Batu parliamentary constituency with pressure mounting on P Prabakaran, to step down.

He reports that political observers in Malaysia linked this to an ongoing power struggle within the PKR.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad referred to the struggle in the PKR, saying it is an internal matter and he would not comment on it.

Ignatius says trouble for Prabakaran began when the High Court ruled earlier this month that PKR vice-president Tian Chua was wrongfully denied the right to stand for election last year.

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After the party was denied the chance to defend the seat, PKR backed the young independent candidate with the support of Tian Chua.

“Now that Tian Chua is once again eligible to stand for election, however, his supporters are demanding that Prabakaran step down to make way for him,” writes Ignatius.

Tian Chua was one of the signatories of a letter of support from the PKR to Azmin Ali after Anwar had said if the police had evidence the person in a gay-sex video that went viral in June was the latter, Azmin should quit.

Reports suggest the nomination of the replacement to Dr Mahathir in the near future might be rigged with claims from other parties to have a majority in Parliament.

Every single vote from the Pakatan will be important, given the rumours that Azmin has more than 15 to 20 MPs on his side.

The PKR has 52 MPs in Parliament. There has been no suggestion as to who the youngest MP may vouch for. -/TISG

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