Don’t preach about party-hopping, ex-PKR reps tell Saifuddin Nasution

10 lawmakers, including Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, say party sec-gen has weak political standing

KUALA LUMPUR – A group of former PKR lawmakers are hitting back, especially at secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, following criticism directed at Perikatan Nasional over Datuk Xavier Jayakumar’s defection.

The 10 lawmakers, who defected last year, in a joint statement said Saifuddin Nasution would do well to keep his peace as he does not have the moral standing to preach about party-hopping as he left Umno for PKR.

PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has been hit with criticism after he spoke out against MPs jumping ship to other political parties. – The Vibes file pic, March 14, 2021

“Unlike Xavier, who was elected PKR vice-president, Saifuddin Nasution’s political standing in the party is weak at best, and, strictly speaking, as a mere appointee, he has no democratic legitimacy.

“If he is really earnest about the rule of law, due process and fight against corruption, as he made himself out to be, why has he remained silent about the corruption case involving a prominent Pakatan Harapan leader that was abruptly terminated even as the trial was proceeding smoothly – much to the consternation and disappointment of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and public alike?”

They said the allegation that PN is using enticement and intimidation to garner the support from opposition MPs is baseless.

The statement is issued by Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (Gombak), Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin (Ampang), Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (Indera Mahkota), Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon (Batu Pahat), Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar (Bandar Tun Razak), Datuk Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal), Datuk Seri Edmund Santhara Kumar (Segamat), Datuk Ali Biju (Saratok), Datuk Willie Mongin (Puncak Borneo) and Jonathan Yasin (Ranau).

Datuk Xavier Jayakumar has announced his departure from PKR as party vice-president and member, opting instead to support the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition. – The Vibes file pic, March 14, 2021
Datuk Xavier Jayakumar has announced his departure from PKR as party vice-president and member, opting instead to support the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition. – The Vibes file pic, March 14, 2021

The 10 are responding to a statement yesterday by Saifuddin Nasution, where he alleged that there is a concerted effort by the PN governmentto get opposition MPs’ support by way of baits and threats using police, the Inland Revenue Board and MACC.

The PH secretary-general had said Xavier recently met with the PKR leadership to inform them that MACC detained his political secretary, personal assistant and several acquaintances as part of an ongoing investigation.

“Xavier was then contacted by a senior minister, who told him that he has to support PN or face serious consequences.

“However, what is happening now is that government instruments, including MACC, are being used by senior politicians in the PN administration to divert the support of opposition MPs.

“This is a form of abuse of power, especially when we are aware of the corruption and abuse of power committed by the government, and no action is taken.”

The PH presidential council in a statement last week slammed PN’s tactic of using enforcement agencies to intimidate opposition lawmakers into defecting.

THE VIBES

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