Wednesday, March 03, 2010

PKR loyalty pledge questionable, says Hishamuddin

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the pledge of loyalty taken by 12 Members of Parliament from the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor today raises a question about the party, especially when several (PKR) elected representatives left the party recently.

The Umno vice-president, who is also the Home Minister, said the loyalty pledge showed that the party actually had problems to the extent that it had to force its elected representatives to take the pledge.

“Why must they go to such an extent? Maybe the people themselves can gauge the severity of the problems in the party where the people who are loyal are asked to take a pledge. Does it mean that those who don’t take the pledge are not loyal to the PKR?” he told reporters after chairing his ministry’s post-cabinet meeting, here today.

Hishammuddin, who is also surprised by the move made by the PKR Member of Parliament (MP) who resigned from the party, said however that the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno could not rely on the weaknesses of the opposition parties to win the trust of the people.

“The public out there is going to judge us not by the weakness of the opposition but the strength of BN and Umno. So it is incumbent on us to continue to deliver to the public,” he said.

The MP for Bagan Serai, Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri, 65, today announced that he was leaving the PKR and would become an independent MP with immediate effect.

Mohsin Fadzli is the third MP from the PKR to have left the party within a period of less than one month after the resignations by Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim (Bayan Baru) and Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal).

Besides Mohsin Fadzli, Zahrain and Tan, former Penang deputy chief minister I, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, had also left the PKT. — Bernama

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