Sunday, 14 June 2009

Zaid Ibrahim joins PKR

Former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (picture right) who quit the cabinet and was subsequently sacked from Umno last year, has joined opposition party Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who made the announcement at the PKR extraordinary congress in Bangi Saturday afternoon said that Datuk Zaid’s decision will help boost the party because “he is known for his bravery in defending human rights and the independence of judiciary".

He also said that Datuk Zaid has a good relationship with DAP and PAS and his decision to join PKR it will help strengthen Pakatan Rakyat.

Datuk Zaid’s role in the opposition coalition will be discussed at the Pakatan Rakyat leadership meeting to be held the Monday after next.

“With his experience and leadership, he can help strengthen the Pakatan secretariat,” Datuk Seri Anwar said.

Datuk Zaid, who was present, said that he hoped to contribute to the party.

"I’m confident in the party's cause... I believe I have an opportunity to assist Anwar and PKR.”

He added that his personal views are in tune with PKR - a party which he described as “multiracial” and “fights for the rights of the Malaysian people”.

“I am ready to help Pakatan become an alternative and viable government that the people can rely on.” said Datuk Zaid. Malaysiakini .

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