25 May, 2010

Who will be next to jump ?

FOLLOWING the resignation of Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong from the PKR, there had been speculations that party leaders are bracing for more desertions of lawmakers from the party.

Word has it that one Member of Parliament and three state assemblymen from the PKR - all from Kedah - were planning to jump ship, together with an MP from Selangor.

A DAP lawmaker from Kedah was also said to be considering a similar move.

There has since been a series of denials by several legislators but political observers find that statements refuting such talk cannot be taken seriously in the light of what had previously occurred.

Take Wee, for instance. He had vehemently denied that he would be leaving the PKR and had even crossed swords with Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi in early February over the issue , to the extent of threatening to sue the DAP blogger over the allegations.

Ooi did not name anybody but the speculations then was that Wee and Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne were among those who would be leaving. The other two would be from Penang.

Ooi's speculations held true northern MPs, Zahrain Mohamed Hashim (Bayan Baru) and Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal), who were both at loggerheads with DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. They left in a huff.

As they quarreled, the dissenting voices in the PKR grew louder and also led to the exit of Bagan Serai MP Mohsin Fadzil Samsuri (who resigned) and maverick Kulim-Bandar Baru MP Zulkifli Noordin (who was sacked).

Eventually, it was Wee's turn to bid farewell to the PKR and, on the way out, he made a lot of caustic remarks that implied more people would be leaving the party because of a leadership that had veered away from its goals.

In recent weeks, the guessing game started to make its rounds again: who will be the next PKR assemblyman or MP to make the exit from the party?

Not long after Wee left the party, an SMS started circulating all over Selangor that Kapar parliamentarian S Manickavasagam was planning to leave the party after he brought up the issue of alleged corrupt dealings in a state government-linked company, Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB) over some sand mining deals......read more here



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