29 October, 2009

Port Klang rep Badrul Hisham quits PKR to become a "BN-friendly" independent.

Port Klang state assemblyperson Badrul Hisham Abdullah today said that he is quitting PKR with immediate effect to become a BN-friendly Independent.

Under pressure Port Klang assemblyman Badrul Hisham Abdullah has announced that he is quitting PKR.

At a press conference on Thursday evening, he said that he had lost faith in the party's leadership.

He said he would remain an independent who will support the Barisan Nasional, and will not be relinquishing his state seat.

Earlier Thursday, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the state government has recommended to the PKR supreme council that Badrul Hisham resign from his seat for non-performance.

In a statement issued from his office, Khalid said he would be sending a delegation to “reiterate the matter to the assemblyman personally.”

“The state government is aware of the mounting complaints from the people of Port Klang over the non-performance of assemblyman Badrul Hisham.

“Since he was issued a showcause letter dated Aug 20, he has made no effort to improve his work.

“Despite stating his willingness to meet state and party leaders, he continues to be evasive in meeting them. He has also refused to answer calls or SMSes and has not re-opened his service centre for the people in Port Klang,” Khalid said in his statement.

“The state government cannot tolerate incompetent and irresponsible leaders as they will seriously undermine its efforts to improve the rakyat’s (people’s) economic and social lives,” he added.

Earlier this month, Badrul Hisham’s appearance at Klang Umno chief Datuk Mazlynoor Abd Latif’s Hari Raya open house raised question about his party loyalty.

Later Thursday, Khalid told reporters that having issued its statement, the state government would now “wait and see.”

“If Badrul Hisham still wants to serve the people, he will be given a chance to do so; if he does not, it’s better that he leaves regardless which party he belongs to.

“Since he promised the people, in his campaign during the 12th general election in March last year, that he would serve them, he should keep his promise,” he said.

When asked what would happen if Badrul Hisham decides to quit PKR to become an independent, Khalid said, “He can become an Umno member or an MCA member if he likes, but as an elected representative, he must serve the people.”

If Badrul Hisham refuses to quit his Port Klang seat, Khalid said the state government would study its next course of action.

- The Star

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