03 March, 2010

Bolehwood presents: Jump, frogs Jump !

Bagan Serai member of Parliament Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri today announced his decision to quit PKR to become an independent.

Mohsin, who was elected to represent the northern Perak constituency in the March 2008 general elections, is the third PKR MP to quit in just as many weeks.

The other two were Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Hashim and Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng.

Meanwhile, twelve PKR MPs have denied speculation that they will quit PKR, and have instead sworn allegiance to the party, its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat.

The 12 made their stand at a press conference at party headquarters in Petaling Jaya this morning.

However, two names conspicuously missing from the joint statement are Zulkifli Noordin (Kulim Bandar Bharu) and Wee Choo Keong (Wangsa Maju), who are among PKR MPs to have openly criticised party and Pakatan leaders.

The group includes Kamarul Baharin Abbas (Teluk Kemang), Ahmad Kassim (Kuala Kedah), Azan Ismail (Indera Mahkota), Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (Kuala Langat), Ab Aziz Ab Kadir (Ketereh), Yusmadi Yusoff (Balik Pulau), S Manikavasagam (Kapar), N Gobalakrishnan (Padang Serai), Rashid Din (Merbok), Loh Gwo Burne (Kelana Jaya), Amran Ab Ghani (Tanah Merah) and Hee Loy Sian (Petaling Jaya Selatan).

Two from the group - Loh and Gobalakrishnan - were unable to attend the press conference due to other engagements.

The pledge of support comes at a time when the party is reeling from three defections among its parliamentarians in just as many weeks.

Zahrain Hashim (Bayan Baru) left the party on Feb 12 followed by Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal) on Monday.

This morning, Mohsin Samsuri (Bagan Serai) was the latest to defect purportedly in protest over whether Christians can use the word "Allah" for god, saying the opposition had insulted Islam by allowing the move.

"The insulting of the institution of Islam ... including the endorsement of the use of the word Allah (by non-Muslims) made me reach a point where I could no longer compromise and keep quiet," Mohsin told a news conference after he said he would become an independent MP.



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