Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stay the Course

Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim has warned that UMNO’s culture for largess is entrenched in PKR and the party’s reform agenda is being hamstrung by their own members – according to today’s edition of The Malaysian Insider. When UMNO members abandoned their own party pre-Election 2008 to join PKR, they brought with them a penchant for corrupt practices and desire for top posts. Much of the malaise plaguing PKR today is due to disgruntled members demanding payback for supporting the party.

Needless to say, PKR should stand their ideological ground and not surrender their principles – even at the risk of a mass desertion of their members. As Khalid rightly puts it: “Please, this is a culture of 50 years which cannot be changed in 700 days.” PKR members, it would seem are behaving no better than political rivals UMNO.

Khalid points out it was for good reason that voters in Selangor gave their mandate to Pakatan Rakyat in the general elections two years ago. “They wanted change… and we are delivering.” He reiterated that PKR stood for reform and his administration wanted to break away from Barisan Nasional’s (BN) old politics. It’s heartening to know that Khalid will stay the course!

Liverpool walloped struggling Portsmouth to stay in touch with the teams chasing fourth place in the EPL.

Three goals in six first-half minutes virtually ended the game as a contest, with Fernando Torres slotting home the opener after Jamie Ashdown's mistake (26). Ryan Babel toe-poked home the second (28), with Alberto Aquilani sweeping in the third for his first Liverpool goal (32). Ashdown kept the score down after the break, before Torres netted again (77), with Nadir Belhadj tapping in for Pompey.

The 4-1 win moved Liverpool into fifth on 51 points from 30 games, a point behind Tottenham, who have played a game less than Rafa Benitez's side. Manchester City are in sixth on 50 points having played two games less than Liverpool, with Aston Villa on 46 points from 27 games.
This was one of Liverpool's more fluid performances in a desperately disappointing season. If only they had played like this much earlier – it would have saved me a lot of heartache!

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