KUCHING, 5 Feb 2009: The political imbroglio that breaks out in Perak is a warning for Pakatan Rakyat which previously was very ambitious to form a government at the federal level, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said today.
He said the impending collapse of Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak should serve as a lesson for the three-party alliance with regard to their desire to set up a new federal government by claiming a number of Barisan Nasional (BN) representatives would cross over.
“Don’t start this form of political hijack. It is a lesson for Pakatan Rakyat. They are bearing the brunt of this,” said Taib who is Sarawak BN chairperson here.
He was commenting on the move by three Pakatan Rakyat assemblyperson — Hee Yit Foong (DAP-Jelapang), Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (PKR-Behrang) and Mohd Osman Jailu (PKR-Changkat Jering) — to leave their parties and become independent representatives.
Bota assemblyperson Datuk Nasarudin Hashim who crossed over to PKR on 25 Jan, meanwhile, is rejoining Umno.
Taib said what happened to Pakatan Rakyat in Perak had been expected from the start and they were being punished for what they had done to BN. — Bernama