Sunday, January 25, 2009


Bota State Assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim is quitting UMNO to join PKR, bringing the total number of state seats held by the Pakatan Rakyat alliance here to 32, versus Barisan Nasional’s 27.

Datuk Nasarudin, aged 58 informed that his decision was based on the people’s growing support for Pakatan, and the current situation within UMNO and with its leaders.

While speaking at a press conference with PKR Advisor and de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today, the former Parit MP informed that he was joining PKR with immediate effect since he was doing this in the interest of the people, especially his supporters and voters, who have become more confident in PKR’s commitment to protecting the rights and interests of all races rather than UMNO which is uncaring, arrogant, corrupted and only cares for close aides of UMNO leaders.

Datuk Nasarudin was a former Felcra Berhad Chairman and was an administrative and diplomatic officer in Wisma Putra, and also served at the Information Ministry. Datuk Nasarudin joined UMNO in the 1970s and had held the post of branch head since 1985.

At last the first official UMNO defections has began, and it is expected many more will follow.

news courtesy of theSTAR