Malaysia

Anwar has my car, claims Gobalakrishnan

By Clara Chooi
March 09, 2011

Gobalakrishnan claims he’s still paying the disputed car’s monthly instalments.Gobalakrishnan claims he’s still paying the disputed car’s monthly instalments.KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Former PKR MP N. Gobalakrishnan brought his anti-Anwar tirade to Parliament today, this time accusing the leader of refusing to return his Nissan Cefiro.

Speaking during his debate on the motion of thanks on the King’s address today, the Padang Serai MP told the House that he had loaned two Nissan cars to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s bodyguards in March 2009 but only one was returned to him.

“I get accused of being paid off but yet he cannot even return my car to me,” he charged.

Gobalakrishnan said both vehicles were on loan to Anwar’s aides to help them when trailing the leader’s car during his travels across the country.

“All the other PKR MPs talk so much about money and about supporting Anwar, why don’t they help me in getting my car back?

“Now, it has gone missing and I am still paying the monthly instalments,” he claimed.

Speaking to The Malaysian Insider later, Gobalakrishnan claimed that he had attempted numerous times to tell the Opposition Leader to return his vehicle but to no avail.

“They returned my Frontier but not the Cefiro. Many times I have made noise about this but now I am not on talking terms with them.

“I even told the party secretary-general (Saifuddin Nasution),” he said.

Gobalakrishnan also claimed to the House that prior to leaving PKR, he had hinted to both PAS and DAP members that he may be interested to join them.

“But they are too frightened. They did not want me to join. I warn DAP and PAS that one day, Anwar will swallow them too, like he swallowed PKR,” he thundered.

Gobalakrishnan told The Malaysian Insider later that he had not formally offered to join either party but had expressed his interest to members.

“They were communicating with me for a long time and they know the problems that the Indian leaders in PKR have been going through,” he said.

He added that Anwar had ordered his resignation as a member of the PAS Supporters Club, which allows non-Muslims as members, claiming that the leader had told him “PAS cannot be trusted”.

“I also spoke to many PAS leaders later and then to DAP, even to (DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng but I was discouraged from joining,” he said.

Gobalakrishnan claimed that most of the leaders told him they “cannot” go against Anwar and accepting him into the party would be tantamount to disrespecting the Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader.

“I think they are scared,” he said.

Gobalakrishnan also took the opportunity to criticise other PKR leaders during his speech to Parliament, particularly his arch nemesis PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and Saifuddin.

He claimed that Azmin had used the derogatory term “pariah” on him and expressed dissatisfaction that Saifuddin had chosen to raise personal issues in Parliament yesterday.

Gobalakrishnan’s outburst was interrupted several times by Barisan Nasional backbenchers, most of whom appeared to be enjoying his debate speech.

At one point, independent Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali stood up to congratulate Gobalakrishnan for speaking so fluently in Bahasa Malaysia and asked him to clarify if the allegations that he had left PKR because he failed to secure the vice-president’s post were true.

Gobalakrishnan also earned some praise from BN’s Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin for his decision to leave PKR.

He was, however, reprimanded several times by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia for failing to stick to the royal address and for inserting politics into his speech.

Gobalakrishnan has been a thorn in PKR’s side for several months since last year when the outspoken leader decided to openly attack his party leadership for failing to address the grouses of its grassroots leaders.

Among others, Gobalakrishnan had accused Anwar of bulldozing decisions through the party and for showing favouritism to his right-hand man Azmin.

He was also one of the few who complained of malpractices and voting irregularities in the party’s polls process in November last year.

He finally quit PKR earlier this year, citing a loss of confidence in the leadership and has since remained an independent MP, claiming he had no intention as yet to join other parties.