“I am very confident in the leadership of PKR that has the will and strong idealism to fight for the rights and interest of the multiracial public in this country.”
Bota state assemblyperson, Datuk Nasarudin Hashim, in a press statement explaining his 25 Jan 2009 defection from Umno to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). He said his decision was made after considering the “needs of the people” and “developments in the political climate”. (Source: Adun Bota: Dato Nasarudin Hashim Menyertai PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s blog, 25 Jan 2009).
“If I [were] weak, I would not have been brave enough to join PKR…I was not given money or offers, nothing. I was taught to be truthful since I was a child.”
Nasarudin, responding to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s accusation that he was weak for crossing over to PKR and putting “his self-interest above that of Umno’s struggles” (Source: Nasarudin: I still have the fighting spirit, Sunday Star, 1 Feb 2009).
“Taking into account and respecting my electorate in Bota, as well as upholding the principles of democracy, and taking into consideration the advice and views of other politicians and my personal friends, I return to Umno and BN from today.”
Nasarudin again, in a press statement accompanying the announcement that he had returned to Umno’s fold just 11 days after defecting to PKR. (Source: Najib to seek audience with Sultan of Perak, The Nut Graph, 4 Feb 2009).