KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Kesejahteraan Tanah Air (Kita) announced on Thursday that the party will be dissolved pending an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) soon.
In a statement Kita stated that the reason for this decision was to clear all doubts regarding the party’s support for the opposition.
The decision was made due to open criticisms from members in Kedah and Penang on Pakatan Rakyat.
A blog posting commented that the party’s reason for closing shop should not be accepted.
The blogger says that it does not matter where Zaid Ibrahim, the founder and president of Kita, goes because it means nothing to Malaysian politics.
Kita was formed on January 19 last year, after Zaid assumed the leadership from the Kelantan-based Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) party.
In the statement Zaid also said that forming Kita was a mistake, although his intention was to provide alternative ideas in politics and bring diversity to the opposition’s leadership.
Blogger Syed Akbar Ali wrote to say that it’s quite arrogant for Zaid to say that people do not support the democratic ideals and good governance among public officials which Kita strives to achieve.
“It is more likely the case that people who have high ideals do not see Zaid and Kita as the vehicle to promote these ideals.
“For example it is not too late for Zaid to declare his assets to the public. Tell us how much you are worth bro,” Syed challenged.
Kita’s sacked central committee member Mohamad Firdaus Christopher in response to the statement, said in his Twitter posting: “Kita was not a mistake! The president screwed it up and since it lost all support internally and externally, went downstream.”
He also said it was evident that Zaid's leadership has failed and because of this, he should gracefully exit Kita.
Another Twitter user, Najwan Halimi, who works with Pakatan-led Selangor government, said Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will only be looking for trouble if they accepted Zaid back into the party.
He asserted that some PKR leaders were, in the past, responsible for bringing Zaid into the party to fulfil their personal political agendas.
Last December a poison-pen letter was making its rounds claiming that PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, who is also Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's daughter, was paving the path for Zaid's return to PKR.
Zaid had previously denied talks that he would be joining the DAP.