Just a week ago, the PPP president M. Kayvaes told the press that PPP will pull out of BN if its request for additional parliamentary and state assembly seats is not met.
He was criticised by several UMNO leaders and he even responded to some of the criticisms.
Yesterday, M. Kayveas ate humble pie and declared that his party will remain within Barisan Nasional no matter how many seats it is allocated.
He said he would leave it to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to decide the number of seats the party would be allocated at the next general election.
Two things are very clear here. First, PPP cannot survive electorally if it goes out of BN. Party politics is not about the number of members a party has but the number of seats held by the party. PPP has only 1 parliamentary seat.
Second, it is obvious that whose interest Kayvaes is championing. Not PPP's but his own. He is happy enough if given a seat to contest in the next GE. The man is merely using PPP as a platform to develop his political career. What has Kayvaes done for PPP and the Malaysian politics? Our assessment will be akin to looking for a needle in a haystack.
I have spoken to several BN senior leaders and they told me that likely PPP will not be allocated a seat. Gerakan is poised to take back Taiping while returning Bukit Gantang to UMNO. There is no available seat in Perak and no more room for Kayvaes.
When asked about the Taiping seat, he said, "The dispute is whether the seat remains with me or is taken away. Let the PM and menteri besar decide," he said yesterday, adding he had met Abdullah on the issue.
"If the seat is given to us, then we will continue with our work. If the seat is taken away, we hope another seat will be given to replace it. "If we don’t get one — well, we’ll cross the bridge when we get there," he said.
We will wait for the day when Kayvaes decides to cross the bridge and the moment will not be too far from now.