BUKIT SELAMBAU, 5 April 2009: With less than 48 hours to the Bukit Selambau by-election, more than 200 members from an opposition party have decided to quit and join the Barisan Nasional (BN).
While Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed last night that 6,000 People’s Progressive Party (PPP) members have joined PKR, a group of more than 200 opposition members from Kampung Kuala Sungkup here announced their decision to quit and join BN.
Kampung Kuala Sungkup head Mohd Nasir Abdul Omar said they decided to join BN because they were disappointed with the PAS-led government in Kedah for failing to fulfill its promise to improve the people’s welfare.
“We have waited long, but there have been no changes…for example, there is no clean water supply to our kampung and we have been depending on water from the wells for the past 50 years.
“We will fully support BN and hope our plight will be looked into because we are confident the BN can help us,” Mohd Nasir told reporters at a public gathering chaired by Kedah BN chairperson Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid here today.
Mahdzir, who welcomed the decision by the group to join BN, said Anwar’s claim that 6,000 PPP members would join PKR was a baseless political gimmick.
“Yesterday, I had a meeting with all component parties and the PPP chair[person] rubbished the claim,” he said.
In Taiping, PPP Youth chief T Murugiah said only six PPP members led by its vice-president V Nagarajan joined PKR as opposed to claims that 6,000 would be joining PKR.
“Claims that 62 PPP branches in Kedah would join PKR are totally unfounded and misleading. PPP members are strongly behind president Datuk M Kayveas and will continue to support BN and the new prime minister,” he said.
He added that support for BN from the Chinese and Indian Malaysian communities had grown in strength due to the government’s efforts and initiatives in taking care of the people’s welfare. — Bernama