Zaharin Hashim's resignation from all party posts in PKR and simultaneously left the party last Friday was expected and we must accept his move without bolt from the blue.
His persona non grata with Guan Eng made him to decide leaving his party and be an independent MP even though rumors are rife that he has the intention of joining UMNO.
His displeasure to his own party in facing disciplinary action made him offended for not siding him in his personal row with Guan Eng.
Apparently he has many issues mostly personal against Guan Eng and for that reason he name called Guan Eng with all superlatives with vengeance and malicious intents.
Now he wants the people to be on his side of the divide for failing to get what he wants from Guan Eng, and this irritates many quarters in Penang from all sides, the island and the mainland.
I am not going to touch on personal matters, but it suffices to mention that his move was seen and perceived by the quarters who know the actual, as completely personal in nature.
He is rumored to be joining the ruling UMNO but if it happens it is not coming with astonishment as UMNO is so typical in harping for the jump ships to add on to their respective representations in the Legislative Assemblies both in the States and the Federal.
If UMNO accepts him than the party is adding on to the list of irrelevant leaders, which the party is already impregnated with.
Accepting him in UMNO would only invite intra-party problems especially so in Penang, which in consequent would only append an additional animosities which he would bring from PKR.
AND in parallel it helps DAP and the PR in Penang in their process of cleaning the coalition of few ‘bad hats’ who has been haunting the state leadership.
Now Zaharin can bark and growl as much as he wishes from outside and for the first time Zaharin is doing good favor for the PR government in Penang by his predictable move to leave PKR.
The state PR leaderships are apparently relieved the moment Zaharin announced his resignation and now they can focus on building the party to greater height.
Guan Eng and the state leaders instantaneously went to Bayan Baru to furnish detail briefing on the issue to the constituents and now Zaharin is seen to be leaving indecorous and negative inherent to the people of the constituency he represents since 2008.
Now, will UMNO accepts Zaharin to be in its fold? If UMNO wants to add an additional seat in Parliament accepting Zaharin is just what the party should do.
BUT can Zaharin make up a good member for UMNO? If he can ill treat a partner who has brought him to the level which he has never dreamt of, what can guarantee he is going to behave differently if he is in UMNO?
UMNO is already saddened by many misfits and to call for Zaharin to join UMNO, it would only add to the pranks and tomfoolery of UMNO.
If Zaharin is accepted in UMNO it concurs to the adage, ‘good is for the good and the bad are for the bad’.