Thursday, March 04, 2010

Nizar: Resignations a sign of BN's growing desperation

Politicians defecting from the Pakatan Rakyat is nothing new to former Perak MB Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin and the recent spate of resignations is an indication that the Barisan Nasional is in dire straits.

Nizar said the the latest quit decision by Bagan Serai MP Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri was a sign of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's “growing desperation” to reclaim a two-thirds majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

“It is (happening) indirectly. Several avenues are being used to approach these MPs... It is the same as my experience in Perak, where they (Umno) were behind the whole sordid episode.

“It is really an issue of two-thirds majority, and since they have been denied it, they are trying every effort to win it back,” said Nizar.

Nizar suspects that former PKR secretary-general Datuk Salehuddin Hashim, who himself defected last week, had a hand Mohsin's quitting the party.

How MPs are enticed

His suspisions stem from the fact that Salehuddin, as the secretary-general, had access to private details about Mohsin and other PKR politicians over the past six years which could have been exploited.

Nizar said while he is uncertain if there would be further resignations as implied by Salehuddin, it would be wise for those contemplating such a move to consider the ramifications of their actions.

Based on his personal experience, Nizar said there are a number of ways these MPs may be enticed to leave the party.

“They offer money and positions, blackmail you, and they 'kidnap' you as what happened with the three Perak 'frogs' who could not be contacted for a time.

“About a year ago when we wanted to form the coalition government, I was offered the post of Menteri Besar and four excos from PAS were promised similar posts if we defected to BN,” said Nizar.

courtesy of FreeMalaysiaToday

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