GEORGE TOWN: State Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy chairman S. Raveentharan has described the quarrels in Pakatan Rakyat in Penang as “a storm in a teacup”.
“There are no cracks in PR and we are working well together towards the next general election,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Commenting on the boycott of the swearing-in ceremony of the Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Mokhtar Jait by eight PKR councillors last Thursday, he said differences in opinion were bound to happen in any partnership.
“Even husbands and wives have problems.”
He said chief whip Johari Kassim was making his opinion known on the appointment and although the party respected his views, it wished he had said them behind closed doors.
Raveentharan also defended Johari, who lashed out at Jelutong member of parliament and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s chief of staff, Ooi Chuan Aun, for calling for the resignations of the eight PKR councillors over the boycott.
“It is a matter for PKR to resolve.
“Although we welcome Ooi’s critique, Johari was not wrong in questioning the former’s standing in his call for their resignations.
“Ooi is a MP and he has no portfolio in the state government.”
On whether all was well with the other member of the coalition, Pas, which had many unhappy members when the Penanti seat was not given to them in last month’s by-election, Raveentharan said there were no disputes that were unsolved.
“Everyone has accepted the initial agreement in PR that Penanti is a PKR seat.”
He said there was no misunderstanding between the three parties and there was no hatchet to bury.
“Every coalition has a left and right wing, and you need both flapping to fly.”