13/6 Former Minister in PM's Dept Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat, says party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim/STAR
No more Mr Maverick. In Umno, Zaid Ibrahim was perceived as a "maverick politician". He was regarded generally to be independent in thought and in action compared with his colleagues in the party. Shahrir Samad is another maverick in Umno. Musa Hitam was a young maverick politician. And Dr Mahathir Mohamad, of course.
Some mavericks stay in Umno while others left for Semangat 46 or for the ordinary life away from politics.
Zaid has decided -- finally -- to join Anwar Ibrahim's PKR. In his new party, the former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (when Pak Lah was the PM) won't be a maverick anymore. He will be part of the herd, and he would be right up there in the top echeleon of the Opposition party to the ruling coalition, BN.
If anything were to happen to DSAI, Zaid Ibrahim would be the most experienced and respected Malay politician to take over as leader. Yes, Anwar now has a potential worthy successor. Like Anwar, Zaid was sacked from Umno, is smart and eloquent, and extremely popular with the Pakatan Rakyat supporters. He has also accumulated quite a bit of fortune when he was an Umno member, although not all of his wealth is owing to the party or his position in the party back then.
After this, Zaid only needs to win an election if he wants to legitimize the claim to be a worthy successor.