UMNO relentless attacks against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and its de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lately were attempts by Barisan Nasional to weaken the party said Paul Anyie Raja.

According to Paul – who is PKR Bintulu branch chief, BN was trying to destroy Anwar and the party.

“Their attacks lately had shifted from low gear to a higher gear,” he said when officiating the party Bintulu branch second Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday.

“Party members and other grassroots leaders must be united to fence off these attacks. Tell the people the truth of this evil scheme.”

Paul Anyie Raja, Bintulu branch PKR chief

Paul also saddened by the departure of several former party elected representatives.

He said to avoid the problem from recurring, PKR has put in place several measures – including making sure potential candidates in future were loyal party members and imposed stricter screening process.

“Everybody knows why they quit and later attacks the party. Some of those leaving were found to have their debts being paid by an unknown parties” Paul said.

He alleged former party leader Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, a Bayan Baru Member of Parliament quits PKR when the party unable to meet his demand.

“Zahrain quits because his demand for certain contracts not met by the party.”

“Now he becomes an UMNO cohort attacking us.”

Zahrain recently revealed in Parliament of a failed attempt by the opposition to overthrow the government on Sept 16.

He accused opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of duping opposition MPs in believing that the plot had received the blessing of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Armed Forces.

Paul Raja also reminded the party Bintulu sub-branches – ie., Kidurong, Jepak, Tatau, Kemena and Belaga to prepare their election machinery for the upcoming state elections.

“Many people predicted the poll will be held this year, our party machineries must be ready for any eventuality.”

“We don’t want to be caught off guard as we did in previous elections by only activating our election machineries at the last minutes,” he said.

He also urging the party Bintulu sub-branch leaders to work harder, especially on recruiting new members.

PKR estimated to have more than 7000 registered members state wide.