Wednesday, 4 February 2009

PKR's new rep missing - Malaysiakini

The fate of Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak worsen this afternoon when Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin told reporters that a recently-defected representative from Umno had gone missing, reports Malaysiakini.

It speculated that Bota state assemblyperson Nasarudin Hashim, who joined PKR on Jan 25, is on his way back to Umno.

This latest development would put the Pakatan government under tremendous pressure following the earlier decision of its three Pakatan representatives to become independents.

Two other Pakatan state representatives are believed to be in the midst of joining the three (read here)to become independents.

All five are eventually believed to be joining BN.

Speaking to reporters at his office at about 3pm, Mohammad Nizar said that Nasarudin's family had informed him that the politician was "kidnapped on his way to Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur".

The MB received the information regarding Nasarudin halfway through his press conference.

He received a telephone call from Nasarudin's wife who told him that her husband had been taken to Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's official residence in Putrajaya.

"She said that Nasarudin was told by the people who stopped him in his way back to Ipoh that the Perak regent had wanted to see him," said Mohamad Nizar.

Following these developments, Mohamad Nizar also urged the Perak sultan to dissolve the state assembly so that a new state election could be held.

He said that he would be seeking audience with the sultan at 4pm.

"We view the disturbance by BN/Umno as an attempt to rob the people's right...therefore we can't wait.

"Our 29 state assemblypersons are united and unanimous in wanting a snap poll to be held.

"We want to see a fresh mandate to obtain a bigger majority so that we don't face further disturbance from BN," he said.

Mohamad Nizar arrived at the Kinta palace at 3.50pm.

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