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  • To withdraw from the battlefield is easy, but to go on fighting is hard, and way more precious. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

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News of Nurul Izzah Anwar's resignation from PKR party posts instantly shocked the nation, sending many guessing why she had done so.

Among the speculations:

1. She is utterly disappointed with the performance of the Pakatan Harapan government or the ruling parties, especially those prepared to absorb Umno MPs or work with the party, as this could detour PH's reform agenda and even cause a fissure within the ruling coalition.

She had several days earlier hit out hard against the absorption of defecting Umno reps, arguing that this betrayed the people's mandate, rendering democracy meaningless.

2. The PKR infighting is yet over. Azmin Ali continues to squeeze out Rafizi's people. Being a close ally of Rafizi, Nurul quit in protest.

She tweeted after resignation that supporting Rafizi's deputy presidential bid was the best thing she had done.

3. She disagrees with her father over several things. Anwar has in the past enforced his own ideology into the party through his wife and daughter, which Nurul does not like.

As the fight between Mahathir and Anwar intensifies, both have tried to rope in the support of Umno reps to strengthen themselves. Nurul wants a peaceful transition, not one achieved through a bitter fight.

In addition to the three postulations above, some opine that Nurul has to quit her party posts to avert accusations of family politics, now that Anwar is back in the political mainstream.

Others are of the opinion that Nurul knows her political prospects are limited because it is unlikely for her to get into the cabinet if her father becomes the prime minister. So she has made up her mind to bow out of politics.

Among the so many guesses, I do not personally think any of them is a determinant factor but rather a combination of several.

Nurul is one of very few Malaysian politicians in whom we can see a commitment to one's principles as well as the future.

"Reformasi" has unfortunately been exploited by many to advance their political careers or as a cheap election campaign slogan. Only a handful of people still with the reformasi aura, Nurul being one of them.

Nurul has not over the years become a cheeky politician. She remains true to her belief, which many on both sides of the divide would profess.

And because of such commitment, she grows frustrated with the current chaos and unending fights in Malaysian politics.

It takes a lot of courage for a politician to make such a decision. And Nurul has done that.

But, true courage is not about leaving everything behind, but insisting to fearlessly carry on with the reform agenda no matter how bleak the prospect may be.

To withdraw from the battlefield is easy, but to go on fighting is hard, and way more precious.

Of course, if politics has become too contaminated for oneself, starting a new venture is not a bad idea at all.

Many are looking to Nurul and other like-minded people to form a new political entity that transcends the boundaries of race and religion to fulfill the noble aspiration of a New Malaysia.



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